This poem is inspired by an Airbnb experience plus a prompt to write about any single object in the chalet.


Ode to a GE® Top Control with Plastic Interior Dishwasher with Sanitize Cycle & Dry Boost

You are familiar and foreign,
the same basic features as the ones
I’ve had long-term relationships with,
but quirky, difficult to get going.
You like me pushing all your buttons
so you provide no help.

We have only a week together.
I don’t want to spend it annoyed,
we need acceleration, so I go online,
troll forums to find out about you.
There is a manual, essentially useless,
but I find a clue—

It’s not reticence, you’re just relaxed,
prefer a delayed cycle start,
but we don’t have that kind of time.
I finesse my approach, trick you
onto my timeline, pump my fist
as you churn into action.

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