there's a tap.
rusty and red living life as an object.
and it doesn't care
it's water drips sadly from an abused mouth
school children, goats, donkeys and hose pipesbenefited from its supplies
does it have feelings, i wonder
does it rave and rant against old age
and the chrome that made it shine
so long ago, and is now a figment in the pictures of the past
does it wish for metal polish and a total rehaul
does it have a lurch in its stomach when it sees a plumber,just in case he can make it new again?
drip, drip drip
that is the nature life has become for the tap
rich well groomed madams look upon it with distaste
they shoo their dogs away when they lick at its chaffed and rusted mouth
they may be given tetanus shots,does it get offended, i wonder
does the tap long for the uncaring but friendly
fashion in which school kids cupped their hands against it to drink
knowing it was not taken notice of but was a valued member of society?
does the tap grit it's rusty clangs when the hose is secure on it for a car wash sessionshuddering in abuse at the thought of the pressure and yet one more takes and takes from it without giving back?
the tap sits outside in all kinds of wether
rain, snow, sun, dust
drip drip, water leaks from its worn and untended throat
does it long for a time when it was unpacked at the hardware and placed on the shelves of displaywhen a gruff farmer with callused hand chose it above the rubber pretentious one and praised it's longevity and attention to detail
does it remember if it was excited at the ride to the station where it would live for the rest of it's life
did it experience delussion because admiration for it ended when the cashier rung his till?when, instead of being gently placed on the seat near the farmer in the truck, it was thrown with disregard amongst other odds and ends that faced the same fate?
drip drip drip goes the tap
eventually the winds of time will erode it's very foundations, and the rust will take over, and the drip will dry up
i wonder if it will long for old age among other copper odds in an old scrap yard..i wonder
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