The Laundromat Attendant and Her Husband’s Missing Sock by Benjamin Mueller


the woman who works

at the laundromat

is giving away her husband;


A plaid shirt one day,

Striped shorts the next,

So he’ll never notice, until


He wakes one morning to

Only a sock, and a

Letter scrawled in un-

Even ink on a laundry ticket:


love is gone,

as am I. pot-roast in the fridge


Benjamin Mueller

Benjamin Mueller’s poems have appeared in 42 Opus, Euphony, Chronogram Magazine, and From the Finger Lakes: A Poetry Anthology. He has work forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review. He lives with his wife and twin toddlers in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches high school English and special education.