A kitchen appliance

My mother

a kitchen appliance

for thirty years

doesn’t work anymore

my father says

its faulty wiring

maybe just the old wear and tear

but he is putting her out there

with other useless goods

maybe get rid of her in a garage sale

after he has fixed her

she would still fetch a good price

there is still a lot of strength

left in this old thing, he says

jaded

my mother, the kitchen appliance

just stares at the TV screen these days

hoping to find a semblance

of life in those moving pictures

the kind that an appliance

can never lead.

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