Jan 17th – Fate took a turn for the worse at a fork in the road

January 17th – Fate took a turn for the worse at a fork in the road

14.30-14.40

A plague, they called it.

Cutlery and utensils started

appearing everywhere, overnight,

or in the spaces between

looking and not.

 

Tea spoons turned up

in aquariums, ladles in the

underwear departments of

major department stores,

cupped in bras.

 

Knives were found:

steak and butter versions

between the pages of

romantic novels

in libraries and bookshops,

 

a warning to the reader?

Bus drivers were frustrated

by fish slices on their mirrors

and sugar tongs in their

ticket machines,

 

making it harder to do

their jobs, which were hard

enough, without the addition

of unnecessary silverware.

Enough was enough.

 

But the worst, by far,

were the forks. Forks, of all

shapes, and sizes, and designs

littered the roads: you couldn’t

drive for the forks.

 

A fork in every road, on

every road, prongs threatening

tyres, gleaming in the rain.

If this was fate, was destiny,

to be cursed with cutlery

 

then the forks were the worst.

it’s bad enough waking up

with a whisk under your pillow:

worse to be undone

by a fork in the road.

 

Inspired by a prompt from here

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