Writing Prompt 20

Welcome to the twentieth day of our 30/30!

Your prompt today is:


When the teakettle sings



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  1. Just Maybe l

    We went through teakettles
    like chickens through leftovers,
    burned most of them into
    a lacy mesh of fine holes when
    they inevitably went dry,
    experimented with the shiny steel
    ones with the painted wooden
    handles, the double enameled ones
    with their painted flowers.

    We made endless tea, thin Postum,
    dishwater, and killed hapless bugs
    with its scalding stream. Never had
    a whistling one since it cost more
    and made noise, both unacceptable.
    I never really knew where the old
    ones went, perhaps out to the
    Thursday trash. Remnants a handy
    hovel for a packrat to stuff the spout
    with treasures and hear, just maybe
    If the wind was right, a bright whistle.


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  3. It all begins with odd rattlings
    followed by moans reminiscent of the demons in Ghost.
    Depending on the level of water,
    belchings and jumping may dominate
    with no singing, just complaints.
    On a good day, water will work itself
    up to a full, rounded whistle,
    akin to the smoke detector in alarming me.
    Like me, my older teakettle has lost its subtler tones,
    screeched its way to that high-pitched whine
    that barely passes as song,
    the range of sound that old ears have foregone.
    A new kettle might bring pleasanter notes,
    but my old friend still offers me a great cup of tea.


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