Recycling love

Bronwen Jones 2014

one – he always leaves dishes in the sink
two – never closes the fridge
three – burns holes in the bench
four – leaves tops loose on jars
five – noisy TV
six – sex
has become an obligation.

he is always
– there.

She twists like a fish on a hook,
bursts out in grief
Why can’t I be nice?

A woman past a certain age,
says the counsellor,
must live life how she wants.

Time drags in the rehash
yet he cries as he goes,
We never talked!

She breathes in the space,
uncorks the wine

And counts the ways:
one – she leaves dishes in the sink
two – buys an auto-shut fridge
three – gets a new kitchen
four – leaves tops off jars
five – buys a huge new TV
six – nix.

Bronwen Jones

Bronwen Jones has two (unpublished) novels in revision stage. One was long-listed in the Historical Novel Society’s 2012 Unpublished Manuscript competition. In 2010, Bronwen was awarded a Mentorship and Assessment by the NZ Society of Authors. In November 2014 she was chosen from among international applicants to join a workshop with author Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being) at Hedgebrook, a women’s writing retreat near Seattle. She has a Master of Creative Writing (Auckland) and took part in the Hagley Writers’ Block Year One programme during 2014. A former journalist and corporate writer, she lives in Diamond Harbour.