Ellie White

Unclogging the Shower Drain

I plunge my good eyebrow tweezers
down as deep as they will go,
poke them around in the dark. Mercilessly, 
I yank sticky clumps of hair and wax
from the drain of a shower that is not mine.
Most of the hair is not mine either.
It belongs to the many women
and men who’ve used this house to indulge
their kinky fantasies, then rinsed off
the evidence, be it blood, sweat, or wax, 
here in the shower I use when I stay over.
My orgasms last night were mediocre,
his fingers enormous sausages with nails
that needed clipping. The first man
I let touch my pussy in seven years
had sausage fingers, a soft gut, gray hair.
I ground myself against his hand anyway,
and in the morning, the shower.


Ellie White holds an MFA from Old Dominion University. She writes poetry and nonfiction, and is the creator of the online comic strip “Uterus & Ellie.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, The Midwest Quarterly, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and several other journals. Ellie’s chapbook, Requiem for a Doll, was released by ELJ Publications in June 2015. She is a nonfiction and poetry editor at Four Ties Literary Review, and the Social Media Editor for Muzzle Magazine. She currently lives near some big rocks and trees outside Charlottesville, Virginia.