On Mending a Broken Morphy Richards Bread Making Machine or The Importance of Order on the Assembly Line
I am determined to reassemble
each and every last component
despite the slight misalignment
of the inner metal casing
which delays the completion
of this most intricate of repair jobs
for which I did not possess
the requisite tools.
On the assembly line
order is of the utmost importance
the workstation neatly arrayed
with plastic boxes full of screws and things
the worker attired in anti-static clothing
armed with specially designed magnetic gadgets
mouth and hair religiously covered
in a sterile air-conditioned factory.
I am in effect paying homage
to all those millions of consumer servants
who toil with robotic repetitiveness
solely for our end user benefit
by taking apart and marvelling
at the ingenuity and complexity
of putting together all that makes up
a Morphy Richards bread making machine.
It's been several days now
completion and closure is imminent
the slipped timing gear belt persuaded back into position
that final misaligned casing hole corrected
the offending screw twisted into place
(using a slightly worn Phillips screwdriver I might add)
and with a sigh of self-congratulatory satisfaction
I plug it in and press the 'on' button.
As it whirrs back into obedient life
I come across a 6 minute 20 second YouTube video on
'How to replace a belt in a Morphy Richards bread machine'
and wonder, do I dare watch it now, or
should I have watched it before starting this journey
into the unknown world of small kitchen appliance repair?
a subject on which I am plainly not qualified as a poet
to either contemplate or attempt.
words ©Colin Hill 2018
except 'Morphy Richards'
to whom I give thanks and praise
to their bread making machine makers