THIS IS A YEAR OF THE HORSE CONTEST ENTRY
No joke Ma, you stay reusing that too?!:176
before washing dishes
at my parents' home in Kaneohe;
sheets of drying plastic wrap
must first be removed from the dish rack.
Mom reuses them to cover small plates
of pickled radish or boiled tofu.
“Poho throw away.”
The good cups, if used at all,
compete for space on this same rack
with plastic Aloha Airlines beverage cups
that missed the collection call for
when the stewardess came down the aisle
with a plastic bag.
“Still can use that's why.
Poho throw away.”
The airlines went bankrupt years ago.
What’s for dinner?
The plastic cutlery that come
with the Zippy’s take out chili
and the McDonald’s takeout saimin,
stand ready for service
on the corner counter.
“Poho throw away.
Stay good. Still can use!”
The wedding silverware sits undisturbed
on a dusty shelf in a dark cabinet.
Wet paper towels,
bunched up by the sink.
“No joke Ma, you stay reusing that too?!”
But that’s just in the kitchen.
In the bathroom,
near the sink,
there’s that one string of dental floss…