The scum around the bath is easily scrubbed away,
the ceramic clean enough to be white again.
Paint tins, brushes, rollers –
evidence of our romp with the walls
clear for any onlooker. Sweet sugared soap
purges away the grime of long life,
Artex to mask the imbalance. Spongy bounce
under our feet. That’s more like it.
Spread our toes to feel the pile. New.
Home at last.