Aunt Faye, 87 and still cantankerous,
Bought that General Electric icebox
In 1930, the year Lester was born.
@It runs in the corner
Of her early-'50s kitchen
Just off Route 273 in northern Maryland
Leading to Amish country.
Two years ago Faye chased off
Mattie and Talmadge when they arrived
with a new Whirlpool
On the back of the family truck.
"You won't put one of them
No good modern things
In my house," she said,
"As long as my icebox runs
And I can close this here door!"
Mattie shook her head and laughed
As she told that story.
I laughed, too, because had she lived,
Mother would be 85 . . .
Sudie's cast-off GE
That ran for five years in my kitchen
Still hums in the basement,
Held together by clasps that Dad bolted on
Twenty years ago.
That was long after a modern GE
And then a Whirlpool
Were hauled to the dump.
Our newest GE labors in the kitchen corner,
Sweating on a warm Mother's Day.