“A watched kettle never boils” (Proverb)
When my schedule allows I like to stand my hand on the rumbling my eyes outside noting the way the rain drops cling to the wired grid of the cat yard roof. I'm reminded of Elon Musk how he's netting the Earth in satellites. While I debate space travel pros and cons the kettle does boil and I listen to my pouring knowing it sounds different / more hissy than cold water. Many years ago my husband sketched a mental image - coal fired power stations pumping out particulate brown snot He said "If you put too much water in, the coal fired power stations have to work harder" Not long after, with my toddlers, I had a go at boiling a tiny beaker of water in the science museum. I pedaled a crank with my toddler-fit arm muscles. A minute in and my arms ached... nay, stung! And the little digital readout said fifty five degrees and I huffed and puffed some more and my children got bored and pulled at my shirt and I laughed and gave up and wiped my brow and it became a mantra for kettle boiling time "Give the sky a rest" Down here, our little planet is beset with boiling kettles. So I like to watch now if I can, don't get distracted. Boil once where possible. Humans don't deserve to spoil Mars but we can enjoy a cup of tea if we're careful.
written for MERRILDSMITH’S D’Verse poetics prompt “The Proverbial”
To use another proverb: “Better late than never.”