I always dread this task,
emptying the oil and
replacing with clear and shiny
fluids flowing through fresh filters.
I should say I don’t mind
most of it—it’s refreshing
to screw on sparkling protection
and fill the block with lubrication.
It’s the old detritus that vexes me.
I’ve done this thousands of times,
but I still leave spots on the pavement,
evidence of attrition and abuse slowly
wearing away the efficiency of my engine.
I know others see the harm I’ve caused,
and neither power washer nor industrial
soap can spare me the injury of a shameful past.