“Spin Dryer and Washing Machine”
The spin dryer’s moved in with the washing machine,
they’re living together, you know what I mean, I believe the spin dryer’s
the clothes bin’s mum, he came out of her rotating aerated drum,
she takes the day off when the weather’s fine, then he does a line
with the clothes line, they live in an outhouse without any fuss, are
these household appliances quite like us? (The washing machine once
spilt his load because he was in fast coloureds mode).
The cow in the field chews the grass, she never thinks about going to
Mass, the little bird sitting high on the birch, he and his friends don’t
think about church, the wasps in the dustbin devouring the apple, what
do they know about going to chapel, the elderly lady sits in her pew,
while her young son watches Kung Fu.
Dan Eggs’ poems first appeared in the
2006 anthology, “Magnetic North” (edited by John Brown).
There are reprinted here by permission of
The Lagan Press, Belfast, Northern Ireland.