Do not envy the pancake turner
its plain shape, undistorted by heat,
or the slotted spoon
its talent for distillation.
Accept your plates,
their generous, blank-slate faces,
and the fact you'll never match
your Tupperware's discretion.
The pizza wheel effortlessly divvies.
Learn its clean lines, its appetite for separation.
Note the trash compactor's concision,
the iron's easy way with the agitated
knowing you can't compare
to even the kitchen chair—
its stolid, dependable shape,
its immutable spine.
Francesca Bell’s poems have appeared in many journals, including B O D Y Literature, New Ohio Review, North American Review, PANK, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, and Zone 3. Her work has been nominated eight times for the Pushcart Prize, and she won the 2014 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle. Her translations from Arabic, with Noor Nader Al Abed, appear in Berkeley Poetry Review, Circumference, and Laghoo. The manuscript for her first book has been a semi-finalist for the Brittingham Prize and the Philip Levine Prize, and a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson Award, the May Swenson Prize, and Carnegie Mellon’s open submission period.