the good housekeeper

Ah, this modern classic from Jaime Dedes is too good not to share. But why do I get a spring cold just in time for spring cleaning?

THE POET BY DAY

423px-Good_housekeeping_1908_08_a at sunrise with its shmears of
cream cheese clouds against
the quince-colored morning light,
Mrs. Goldberg is out of bed ~
a military tactician in war-time
no dust-bunny is safe, every
grease spot enzyme-bombed
out of existence, the wash thrashed by
machine, then hanged or folded, put in place,
her windows wiped, her floors scrubbed,
and woe betide wee crawling creatures,
so intent is Mrs. G on genocide

© 2014, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
Illustration ~ in the U.S. public domain, a 1908 cover of Good Housekeeping magazine illustrated by John Cecil Clay (1975-1930), American illustrator

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