Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ekphrastic Inventory

08:24:00 Posted by Damp incendiary device 4 comments
(being an honest and concise catalogue of the back burners)


Halloween remnant saves its
Fermented banana juice pool
Fruit flies feed like wildebeest at the oasis
Kiwi teeters on the brink
Reduced price Clementines
Usurped the Satsumas

Fruit shavings that didn't make the cut
Fester in non-recyclable horrors:
Orange cleeved in two, its blood soaked the salad,
Shrivelling arcs of melon crush pulpy strawberry heads

Behind the vitamin C lurks salt from an unknown sea
Its crusty hat and greasy coat have known many
A chip

Fancy coffee tub stands on the corner
Oldest resident of this fading community,
It remembers the days of scourers and lemon Jif

Reclaimed bottle noses the rotting fruit,
Mourns for the loss of its sweetened contents
And the days when it balanced upright

Twin sentinal bottles of shandy, slightly sticky,
Console each other. Survivors two of eight.
The first to go was shattered in transit.
Fizzy essense is worn as a mark of respect, sullying the
Cardboard box whose sandwich bags remain
Horribly abused. Some contain fruit, others coins,
Rarely a sandwich

Beneath the favourite licorice tea, beside spearmint
And chamomile, behind cinammon and peppermint,
The black pepper hides its face. Six corns remain
Intact. Soon it will see where the black bag goes
For itself. But not yet. The plastic cartons eye it
Jealously. Its time will come.

And this an improvement on yesterday.

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4 comments:

Lindsay said...

Now you see, housework is so overrated, with it we wouldn't have had this wonderfully evocative poem. I was genuinely surprised when I saw what the poem was about, and I love that. The mundane is made fascinating, great post Vicky :)

Ashley R Lister said...

Ekphrastic? I'm now going to try and fit this word into conversations today.

Echoing Lindsay - wonderfully evocative poem.

Ash

Ste said...

Loved it. DGPS come dine with me anyone? :)

vicky ellis said...

:) Thanks guys.

Sod cleaning. It's only useful if it gives me time to think.