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  • Everything is broken
    dishes waiting to be hand washed
    pile high in the sink that won’t drain

    dishwasher sits empty
    waiting for the repairman
    to say it can’t be fixed

    used to pride myself
    on how perfectly I arranged
    the dirty dishes

    taking great pleasure
    in re-arranging glasses, plates and bowls
    to maximize the load

    spoons with spoons
    forks with forks
    knives with knives

    re-organizing my friends
    after they loaded
    haphazardly

    perhaps it broke because
    I didn’t rinse the dishes
    ahead of time

    self-cleaning oven door won’t lock
    button pressed, clock counts
    beep beep beeping alarm

    won’t be cleaned today
    tomorrow the repairman will open the door
    fix whatever is broken

    after he leaves
    I’ll forget about cleaning whatever
    has become blackened inside

    the freezer has become the refrigerator
    a repairman on the phone says
    may be the compressor

    if the temperature reaches 0-5 degrees
    it might be okay
    the outdoor thermometer reads 25 in the freezer

    turning the dial warmer
    to store butter, eggs, and milk in the small compartment
    I wonder what else will break before I move

    in the scratch and dent outlet
    I won’t remember the water from the washing machine
    leaking on the concrete basement floor

    the check engine light has come on again
    auto repairman says I need a catalytic converter
    the internet says it converts toxic exhaust

    from an internal combustion engine
    into non-toxic substances
    I drive to Bayonne, land of white industrial gas tanks

    carrying a bag of old necklaces, rings and bracelets
    gold and silver turned into scrap
    and cash for new appliances
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