Soap Friendship by Julia Knobloch

The soap bar is a gift, you said,
soap friendship is the best.
I loved you for these simple pleasures.
You knew what made me happy and
sometimes, when you felt like it,
you followed through.

Alas, soap friendship cannot last.
Each day I wash my hands
the soap bar is getting thinner.
What made me happy, once,
is now a fragranced track record
of mourning and extinction.

Julia Knobloch is a journalist and translator turned project manager and executive assistant. Before moving to New York from Berlin, she worked 10+ years as a writer and producer for TV documentaries and radio features. Her essays and reportage have been published in print and online publications in Germany, Argentina, and the US (openDemocracy, Brooklyn Rail, Reality Sandwich), and she occasionally blogs for An emerging poet, she recently was awarded the Poem of the Year prize from Brooklyn Poets for her poem Daylight Saving Time.

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