Thursday, February 4, 2010

i called a plumber the other night

he was at our house in a flash
in a matter of minutes
he diagnosed that we needed our drain snaked
back at his van
he unloaded the machine
he was everything that you might expect a plumber to be
all of the stereotypes
the preconceived notions...
we stood outside together
him
operating the snake
me
holding the flashlight
the smell of sewer gas
and human waste
filled the awkward air between us
i asked many questions
he tried desperately to answer
he snaked-
i held-
it was a cold night
in late january
the dark skies engulfed us
the frigid wind howled through the naked trees
he snaked
and i continued to ask more questions
he was everything that you might expect a plumber to be
then he turned to me, and
he said, "there are some things that i just don't have the answers to"...
within seconds
the machine grabbed hold of some tree roots
it cut through them,
before we had any time to discuss what just happened
he was rolling the machine back to his van
i handed him his check
and just like that
he drove off
his tail lights faded...
the sewer gases were gone...
"there are some things that i just don't have the answers to"
he was everything that you might expect a plumber to be,
and then some...



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