A Plea From A Sink

a poem by Kenneth Malvyn Clark, UK


This ditty was my very first attempt at writing a poem/rhyme at the age of 60 back in 2005 when I was a caretaker in a private school. Constantly faced with cleaning the teachers common room I wrote this and pinned it above their kitchenette sink, it seemed to work.
Never having read any poetry in my life before or written anything, this little ditty became the catalyst that started me writing, and in thanks for the many adventures it’s given me thought it deserved to see daylight again.


A Plea From A Sink


I’m proud to be a sink
well, maybe, I think.

I’m constantly used
battered and abused,

Only fed all your waste
only watered in haste.

I’ve known better days
been shown loving ways,

Now no one cares
now no one shares.

I shine when I’m clean
a sight rarely seen,

So if you show me respect
not indifference neglect,

I’ll take your cold coffee
your slops and your tea.

Well what more can I say
only hope and pray.

So look kindly on me
start cleaning and see,

My silver shiny zinc,
this smiling, old sink.

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