Tenant and Outsider

No crisp white swans glide
conventionally across
the mortared, mud-room shower's
utilitarian cinder-block walls.

Along with mirroring gray paper ponds
and stenciled lilies, the trumpeting bravura
of swans remains relegated to the green, tubbed
bathroom at the other end of the house.

Here, the translucent plastic curtain
is grasshopper green and, should I
finally get around to handing it
in to him, the requested bar