Lemurian City of Ladies

A Lemurian City Built in Memory of Christine de Pizan

Different Scrubs for Different Tubs

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     as she looked down and watched

     as people came to the big tub

            for the scrub



     of dirt from the here and now

     of all identity in life

            from strife



     of preconceived notions

     of the dying process way

            identity new each day



     occur every day we live

     some visible rocks, some dust

            shape-shifters each of us


Wow, quite a difference from the Roman baths in Bath, England.  Those were for soldiers and aristocrats mostly.  Dame Washalot’s Bath House seems to cater to a full range of people and washes off more than just physical dirt and sweat.  From the sounds of it, the Dame scrubs deep to wash off self-doubt, inhibitions and preconceived notions.  What a delightful difference!



She flew out the window and returned for her satchel before changing back into herself.  Remembering her spa massage six years ago, about 8 months after her hysterectomy where the woman seemed to be trying to scrub out her scar and her surgery, she was ready for another massage, this one from the Dame.  With head held high, she walked to Dame Washalot’s Bath House and entered.

Written by thalia

June 20, 2008 at 10:37 am

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  1. I am at the airport at Tullamarine airport waiting to board a plane that has engine trouble. After seemingly hours of standing in queues I decided to check my emails to fill in time and what sheer delight to come across this post. it put a smile back on my face, so thank you.


    June 20, 2008 at 12:55 pm

  2. The whole concept that you are working with here is just fabulous Thalia. And I am so taken with that utterly divine sketch. Brilliant really!

    Heather Blakey

    June 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm

  3. I enjoyed this, esp, last line “shape-shifters each of us” – and a delightful picture!


    June 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm

  4. Love the elegant structure of the poem. Just gorgeous.


    June 21, 2008 at 12:27 am

  5. “Shape-shifters, each of us.” I really like this line.


    June 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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