Snap, crackle, pop.
Little white pill comes round and ready
Like a new day
From its crisp plastic cell.
Nestles in the valleys and folds
Of my unsteady palm,
And detergent-clean- so to work
Neutralising the smudges
On a sullied personality
that stays a stubborn grey
Through countless turns of the machine
And spells on the line on sunlit days.
Always the dank dish rag that dulls
The fresh perfection of whites
And pastel brights
Waving in formation to the rhythm
Of a cheery breeze.
I peer into the clear water
And the clean glass
as if to see the future.
Then it’s down the hatch
To where the stones sit in the dark.
~Polly Oliver (2017)