A Trash can when there weren't trash cans at all

Anne Frank

Senior Member
Hi there! Could anybody please help me with this one:

[February 11, 1939]

Sometimes I think
the water in the drainpipes giggles. Other people call
this giggle different names, but it never even crosses
their minds that it’s just that: a giggle. Or a trash can:
A page came clean
From a film weekly magazine.
“They only bought me yesterday
and I’m already in the trash, no way!
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It's from a Polish girl wartime dairy translation what do you think could mean a trash can here? I'm not it could be something like the modern trash cans I can think of.
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  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Or a trash can:" seems to introduce the poem that follows which is about a piece of paper in a trash can. It doesn't relate to "water in the drainpipes."
    A more complete version can be read at the Smithsonian magazine website:
    Hear, O Israel, Save Us

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    The writer first of all talks about drops of water on the window pane, then about water running in drainpipes, then about discarded paper in a trash can. The three things are related in her mind, but the objects themselves are entirely separate.
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