We should call a man - John Osborne
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The bonnet of our Punto is propped open with a wooden spoon.
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We should call a man - John Osborne

by dinkysniff

The bonnet of our Punto

is propped open with a wooden spoon.

My face and shirt are smudged with oil,

bits of engine are scattered across the front lawn

like Children's toys.

You stand on the doorstep

with your arms folded, and say:

"We need to get a man in."

In our shed is a Flymo edge trimmer,

a Black & Decker Jigsaw,

a Bosch cordless screwdriver

still in their boxes

lined up like *Star Wars* collectibles;

because whenever something goes wrong

you shake your head and I know you're thinking

of the time I tried to fix the washing machine

and flooded the utility room.

And when I fixed the guttering

the ladder fell to the floor. I had to wait on the roof

until you came home.

So when something needs doing

you say "We need to get a man in."

The stubs in my checkbook

read: *Man*

*Man*

*Man*

*Man*

There's a man in our living room now

trying to install a wireless connection.

He has been in there for two hours.

I take him a cup of tea

and see: his head in his hands, instruction book

thrown to the floor. Suddenly

we are equals.

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