Mea culpa …. I didn’t ask,
didn’t think to ask,
didn’t even think about, thinking about asking.
The refractometer was heavy in my hand
precise … and one touch responsive –
the doors of a fine automobile, or expensive dwelling.
Recording sugar levels of just orphaned fruit –
a real task,
with a real instrument.
So unlike the tired practicals
and toy devices of university.
“ Any chance ……”
new, eager to belong – “sure.”
The first time : a head nodded at the sign.
After use equipment must be cleaned
returned to from where it was collected.
I did. And did.
“No”– coiled and waiting –
a cat for a bird, a dog for the mail man.
The lab technician said it had been returned late –
said I hadn’t returned it when I said I would.
I had …. but had on loaned it to someone …. from the other side.
Fine Print is a sequel to Declare – posted Feb 6, 2017