Kenwood Chef

I blow dust (an epidermis of powdered sugar)
from the plastic body

and think of what Mother

from spatula
whip and grinder (each task with its own attachment)

never tiring helping hands
that saved time

for the hundred and one other chores
the anxious house demanded

recipes that bound us together
as the dough rose and the batter thickened

I twist the chunky dial
the motor splutters like a humming dervish

and the blade starts to toil
as the sticky mess bubbles and blisters into crumbs and ashes

I shroud the machine like a vulture in a cage
hide the corpus delicti in the attic



Gareth Writer-Davies is from Brecon, Wales. Shortlisted Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017) Commended Prole Laureate Competition (2015) Prole Laureate for 2017. Commended Welsh Poetry Competition (2015) Highly Commended in 2017 . Pamphlets: Bodies (2015) Cry Baby (2017) Indigo Dreams. Collection The Lover’s Pinch ( 2018) and pamphlet The End (2019) Arenig Press