VIRTUOUS MOMENT for Carol
meaning, thoroughly good, perfect,
this long hour on a massage table.
Getting touched by the right person, in a quiet home,
dollars earned by a woman who will use it
for the well-being of herself and her son.
From this exchange, no corporation profits,
just muscles and tissues, which soften and open,
and mind, slowing to sigh in a simple room
under moss green flannel sheets, soles, palms
and shoulders warmed by plump black stones
from an enamel cooker.
This is the virtuous moment
that lingers in cellular memory,
brings domestic peace.