Zanussi 1400

The reassuring whirr of a Zanussi 1400
Load capacity 6kg
And the smell of turf
Not smelled in days.

Angels in white made sure
Worries churned in stomachs
Were laid to rest
And firelighters needed once again.

Emotions and eyes rinsed out
Wrung and dried
Then hung out to be worn
At a later date.

The day will come
When all our faces, blackened, by a small and burned out fire
Will search each other
Praying for a way to launder love
Before accepting
This is how it is
This is how we are
Then the howling will begin.


by Shay Ryan


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