By Now it Should Be Obvious
By now it should be obvious
that appliances want a firm hand,
that we are used handling them
with roughness and a small amount
of irritation. I rev the blender
like a motorcycle’s engine, punch
the highest setting on the fan every night.
The blow dryer expels its hot breath
whenever I demand that it does.
They are compliant, our appliances,
so useful. And with every use
we push them towards death.