“Belt Sanitizer, Anyone?”


Years of observations

in men’s washrooms

led me to conclude:

the last thing you touch

before washing hands

is your belt.


The one item

you never put

in the laundry basket.


I see you in the meeting room,

hand resting on your belt.

There’s a smile,

a handshake.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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