Archive for August, 2008

Working at the Quinta by Mel Midegs

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
Cock-a-doodle-dooo!
Ahhh ….. one eye opens, closes again
Roll over
 
“Bom dia! Como esta?”
“Estou cansada.”
“Que linda dia!”
Bang! Kettles ready, can hear the whistle ….
Eieh! …. Up-and-adams
Shower …
 
Wash, brush, take a deep breath
“Melanie?”
“Sim!”
“Can you help me please?”
 
Café
Sweet café …. Ahhh, breathe again …. Now, let’s go!
 
Clear the table, clean the dishes
Jump in the roof, eeeek!
Stock the bar, sweep the floor
And pause …. To polish.
Set the table, do the butter, water, bread
Hot in the kitchen. Do the dishes,
Sweat running down my back.
Run in, out, in, out, in, out, in, out,
“Melanie?”
“Sim!”
“Can you help me?”
 
Gong, gong, gong, gong, goooooonnnnnngggggg!
Wow! That was loud!
Lunch is on!
 
Clear the table, clean the dishes,
Go to the compost,
Feed the chickensand ducks.
Hot in the kitchen, clean the dishes
Sweat runs down my back and legs.
Run in, out, in, out, in, out, in, out,
Sweep the floor, then comes the mop
And pause …. To siesta.
 
Siesta!
Sleep ….. read ….. Swim …. Sun ….. Stop …. Breathe
 
And then …. Polish
Move the tables, set the places,
Turn on the sprinklers
Do the butter, water and bread
“Melanie?”
“Sim!”
“Can you help me?”
 
Cut the veggies, do the dishes
“Want a drink? Rosé? Beer?”
“Molly, stop barking!”
“What? 15 people instead of 12?!”
Move the tables, re-set the places.
Aaagh – change the sprinklers …. Shit!
Run through mud, water down my back …. Nice,
Quick it’s ready, bang the Gong ….
 
Gong, gong, gong, gong, goooooonnnnnngggggg!
Wow! That was loud!
Dinner is on!
 
And out with the plates, in with the plates
Clean the plates
Out with the plates, in with the plates
Clean the plates ….. and don’t forget the bread and butter
Beep beep beep … “We need some water”
And out with the plates in with the plates
Don’t clean plates – just eat!
Yuuuum! … oh, shit, the sprinklers!
Run through the mud in the dark, water in the face … great!
 
“Melanie?”
“Sim!”
“Can you help me?”
 
And clean the plates, put away plates
Set up toast, cornflakes, muesli and breakfast dishes
Don’t forget the coffee!
Wash the dishes, dry the dishes
Sweep the floor, out comes the mop
 
Ready to drop
Where’s my beer?
I’m outa here, it’s 10 pm
Ready to do it all again ….
 
Tomorrow.