This Fridge Cannot Keep Cool Your Personal History / Hiromi Suzuki

The eggs dropped on the floor are broken in the case.

What have I done!?

She feels confused about the broken eggs and turns around in front of the cash register.

What have we done!?

The same words can be heard from the customers behind her.

Why not ask the store clerk to exchange a new carton?

She is told by an old lady leaning on the shopping trolley, she makes her blush and leaves the line silently. At the supermarket, seasonal tunes are played from the radio. But recently, cucumbers, tomatoes and cherries are no longer particularly summer songs.

She was listening to the music from a refrigerator at home. Her daily life was hidden from others. There was no one to talk about her life, rather than she hid from others. Sometimes, she requested her favorite song to the refrigerator. She wanted to listen to The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset because the refrigerator played The Ronettes’ Be My Baby twenty-four times a day. The refrigerator only knew the intro of Waterloo Sunset. While listening to the intro that the refrigerator repeatedly cheated, she suddenly noticed the clear sound of Bossa Nova cooling her kitchen. As if the refrigerator spat out the winter cold after swallowing the bustle of the main street under her room on the fourth floor at the apartment. Rotten peaches forgotten since last summer laughed on the second shelf of the refrigerator. Sweet odour of rotten peaches floated on the chlorofluorocarbon gas.

This fridge cannot keep cool your personal history.

The refrigerator read out its specification.

No problem! This is fresher than that! A nice store clerk picks up the broken eggs and cleans the floor. He hands her a new carton. At the supermarket, seasonal tunes are played from the radio. But recently, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries and peaches are no longer particularly summer songs.



hiromi suzuki is a poet, fiction writer and artist living in Tokyo, Japan. She is the author of Ms. cried – 77 poems by hiromi suzuki (Kisaragi Publishing, 2013), logbook (Hesterglock Press, 2018), INVISIBLE SCENERY (Low Frequency Press, 2018), Andante (AngelHousePress, 2019). Her works have been published internationally in poetry journals, literary journals and anthologies.
Web site: https://hiromisuzukimicrojournal.tumblr.com
Twitter :
hiromi suzuki: @HRMsuzuki

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