From the collection published in 2015, Spring Cleaning.
Hedge Your Bets
Repairs are so necessary to
pretty much everything there is
and yet there seems to be a shortage
or perhaps an imbalance
in the distribution.
Your washer is broken but it’s the refrigerator man
who can come immediately and fix your refrigerator
which is not broken but then
Your washer is fixed and the refrigerator decides to act up
The washer man can come immediately to work on your washer
which is fixed
the parts for washers are overloading the shelves in
warehouse after warehouse but not a single refrigerator part
can be found in any city
and the refrigerator man has gone on vacation.
When it’s your leg that’s broken – well
Remember the washer and refrigerator.
You may want to call ahead
and tell the hospital
You have sprained your wrist.