O the whirring dishwasher
Usurping conversations at the sink
Replacing mechanical functions for chemical action
Spewing forth food bits and grease putrefied with suds and chemicals
A technological complexity with water levels and scrub cycle
What happened to elbow grease?
And warm hands in suds?
Salvaging food scrapes for compost
Pouring the grey water near a favourite shrub at the edge of the patio
Dishwashers designed with electronic water savers
Failing to savour the precious liquids
Stealthily by-passing the favourite shrub
The plentiful water disappearing into the vortex
Sucked down to the river or lake
The favourite shrub wilting under the noon day sun
Life giving water flushed away
Water beyond reach
Where’s the flowering shrub to brighten one’s day?
Retrieve the grey water
Refresh the earth for
It’s waiting to bless you with abundance
Exchange efficiency for care
Be the dishwasher par excellence
Cajole someone to join in the task
Reminisce about the day
Dream about a bright tomorrow
Ode to the dishwasher – you and me.