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Dying In a Turkish Bath

Did you ever attend a public bath?
I did.
The candle near me blew out,
And I became blind.
The blue of the dome disappeared.

They relit a candle on the navel stone.
The marble was wiped clean.
I saw some of my face in it.
It was bad something awful,
And I became blind.
I didn't expect quite this from my face.

Did you ever sob
While covered in soap?


           Murat Nemet-Nejat
           Talisman, 1992