Aiko Offner

Clean Me Please

Scrub, for 20 seconds
Between each finger,
The webby skin atop
My palm

Don’t forget the crook
Collecting dust
Between my thumb
And the body

Wring my wrist too,
Just in case
Kill the germs
Wash them off

Rid myself
Of sins from last night
My grimy phone screen
The infected air

Particles in the air
That suffocate
Our every normal now

Scrub, for 20 seconds
That I’ll be clean
That we’ll be clean again

Aiko Offner is born and raised in Southern California, and writes mainly poetry and creative nonfiction. She’s been spending her time during quarantine holed up in her room writing away, about things that felt like nothing in a previous era.