Spread an Even Layer of Inept Over It

From And Don’t Come Back, published in 2021.

Spread an Even Layer of Inept Over It

as you mis-cut the dress fabric
double-dose the cake batter with salt
exasperate the kitchen floor with the mop
I pray for strength and why don’t you
Make the acquaintance of
first things first. Get out the book.
Follow the steps. The material
is still good, but the pages languish
unturned. Hey you there
your resolve peeling away
picked at by the fingernail of
procrastination: I wonder
if anything
is coming next