Traditional Sins

May 3, 2017

 

The nostalgia sets in by a click, like the rinse cycle
once-  twice round
Leaving the sink, the dishes, the ‘stainless’ steel dewy.
An incandescent - wet noise
circling round its prey- the tea cups and stately silver
still stained
with DNA of ex lovers and dead aunts
crying out to be touched, buffed, polished back into existence
but you can’t handle them that way
they belong shoved, thrown, disheveled in your
4 compartment drawer
only to be used upon request
and never to be washed by machines
they must be cleansed by long piano key fingers
that gingerly recall the value
of their biannual existence.
Of their thanksgiving
Lineage parade
Where family secrets disguise themselves
Under heritage tree’s and their offerings-
Cranberry sauce.
Of their honest roots- lefsē
Bland sweetness.

And of course, their tumultuous fostering
From one wrinkled clench to the next
Generation gaining malice like velocity
The fingerprint smudges
You’ll never polish off
In time before the water drains
And the rinse cycle transfers into steam
That burns your thumbprints off
As your curse your fascination with the damned
New age dishwasher
Pay no mind to traditions. 

Let go of your own DNA as you would

That precious silver

Toss it into modernity and let the machines do the dirty work.
Let go of your own DNA as you would
That precious silver
Toss it into modernity and let the machines do the dirty work.

 

About the author: Alyssa Moore is a PNW native who loves to explore the beauty the PNW has to offer with her sidekick Gatsby, an Australian Shepherd. She is an avid connoisseur of literature wine and poetry, a "practicer" of yoga, and is in the constant pursuit of knowledge and experience in holistic lifestyles and healthy living. 

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