This is my kitchen faucet.
Well, one of them.
There are four — two basins with two faucets each, two hot, and two cold.
Earlier today, this one — the hot tap in the left basin — was leaking.
The drip was annoying as hell. I was trying to distract myself from the need to write.
And the drip, drip, drip kept breaking my lack of concentration.
“I need a plumber,” thinks I, thinking of great thoughts.
So I start to take a photo to send to our property manager.
But at this moment, the sun reaches around the corner of the country kitchen window.
And catches the gleaming brass in its grasp.
“This is rather beautiful,” I think.
“Not annoying at all.”
The brass faucet floats in the air, like a shiny spaceship lost in the cosmos
Meanwhile, I’ve been carrying full pots of water out into the courtyard.
And nominating various plants as “Most Needy” before
Showering them with water, like the beauty queens they are.
“This is art,” I say to no one. “And any moment, a guy with a tool belt and rubber washers
Is going to end this lovely presentation like some emotionally-damaged art critic for the New Yorker.”
I know what I have to do: Capture this hommage to Paul Cézanne.
If a dripping faucet can be likened to a still-life study of fruits and bottles.
So this is it.
It only took about 30 tries to get the dripping water just right.
“Leak more, you bastard!” I shout.
No, not really. I can be a very patient guy when I’m in mindfulness mode.
I was OK with it when the plumber arrived.
Though feeling a little like he’s come to put my dog down.
“Be gentle with my leaking faucet,” I urge.
(Not really. Seriously? You thought I’d say that to a guy who rips out pipes for a living?)
It takes about five minutes, with the right parts, to nip the drip.
Kind of sad.
And yet, look! It is raining out right now.
The Creator’s own leaky faucet.
Though it lacks the brass of my kitchen sink.
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