Stain Removal

Some stains are more difficult
to remove than others -

for the motor grease and oil spatter
from wrenching on the motorcycle -
rub a bit of lard or Vaseline in the spots...
let it set, and then wash as usual

for that splotch of red wine spilled
during the frolic and offering of a toast -
immediately pour white wine on it…
wash in cold water and ammonia

for the indelible stigma left on one's being
from harsh words and judgments cast in anger –
a tall glass of single malt scotch…
repeat as necessary until you forget

- The Fool