Home Maintenance


I thought I’d mend the cistern, but I’ve only made it worse.
I should have called the plumber, but they cost the bloody earth.
I’ve used pliers. I’ve used crowbars. I have struggled on for hours.
All the people in the alley think we’re having April showers.
The garden’s saturated. The peonies are dead.
There’s a swimming pool where once we had a thriving hosta bed.
I have flushed and sworn and tugged and strained. It’s not done any good.
Now the cats are in the bathroom caked from head to toe in mud.


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