Birthday poem '19

Jonathan Schoenfelder

It's repulsive to write a poem
for your birthday
about an appliance.
I will forgive you if you don't
offer me this birthday indulgence

the appeal of a zojirushi rice cooker
is the ovum-like design
a smooth white plastic egg which,
given proper cleaning and preparation,
will give birth to a pot of rice & beans

I'm repulsed myself at my joyfulness
for the machine, coming so close
after our hope to have a baby
a white plastic egg to match an egg
of blood, ourselves a pot of beans & rice

the chickens and the ducklings forage
the neighbors laugh and talk
a stray cat drinks a canal and Skip sleeps
I think about a child and a rice cookers
& join the other poets born in June