We didn’t need a kettle,

we already had one

quite smart

and in working order.

But this was so beautiful,

a shiny black 

that no pot could match

And such an iconic Art Deco shape

that we bought it anyway.

We placed the old one 

at the back of the cupboard

out of sight

and the new one shone

in pride of place

ready to be filled.

This was not so easy,

its balance was somehow wrong.

Pouring from it was even more difficult,

it’s balance was certainly wrong.

So the old one was brought back

into service

and the new one shines gloriously

on a shelf.

Even if we never use it,

it still looks beautiful.


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