The power cut was over,
the lights came on and the TV
muttered to life. They opened my door
to fetch a few bottles of beer
and then forgot about me,
standing in the shadows,
my mushy insides knotting
with ice crystals, shuddering.
A week later, they found it,
the source of a lingering stink
they blamed on the kitchen sink:
a sinister landscape of bacteria
with salmonella and listeria,
hairy fungi fruiting fluffy spores
on the wrinkly remains of beetroot,
for consumption (human or otherwise) unfit.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Lillian says that a refrigerator is something most of us take for granted – unless we’re camping, lose our electricity, or because it dies of old age. Her story about trying to replace one in a high-rise with a galley kitchen requiring a very narrow refrigerator was eye-opening for me – living in a cottage with a fairly spacious kitchen, I’d not thought about it. But I can appreciate Lill’s fridge fetish now she finally has a new one!
Which is why, for today’s prompt, Lill wants us to walk into our kitchens, open our refrigerators and take a good look. What’s in it? What’s way in the back on the bottom shelf? What’s in the freezer? What’s on the outside? Magnets? Pictures? Kids’ drawings?
She asks us to pick something specific that resides in or on the outside of the fridge, and let it be the inspiration for our poems. We should include the specific item in the body of our poems and can include more than one item if we wish. We can be fanciful, serious or just chill with Lill!