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SILENT TREATMENT by Joseph Hardy

An unease tries to clamber

up stainless-steel sides,

will not drain

with the dishwater.

 

What’s in the kitchen

won’t behave,

won’t lay down

like carrots to be chopped.

 

For all my paring of fingers

the wooden spoon won’t grasp,

the serving dish

breaks in the sink.

Joseph Hardy Author

Joseph Hardy (67) is one of a handful of writers that live in Nashville, Tennessee, that does not play a musical instrument; although a friend once asked him to bring his harmonica on a camping trip so they could throw it in the fire. His wife says he cannot leave a room without finding out something about everyone in it and telling her their stories later. His work has been published in Gyroscope Review, Inlandia, Penultimate Peanut, and the tiny journal among others.

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