Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Slice: Swearing on the state of my house

My calendar is cattywampus
And I really must confess
It's not the only thing that's awry
Much of my house is in a mess.

There's Christmas decor in the hallway
Overflow from kids' rooms, too
Clothes in three sizes piled in my room
(What's a growing/ shrinking girl to do?).

I make lists on a weekly basis
To purge and clean, dust and mop
Somehow most tasks remain undone
I swear the laundry never stops!

Books are piled a dozen deep
On the (former) coffee table
Just waiting there, to be read
I swear I'll do so--when I'm able

To balance out this work and home gig
Supporting a school ten hours a day
Playing chauffeur, wife, mother, friend
The other eight hours get whittled away.

Six short hours left over for slumber
'Til Friday comes around, and then
I sleep nine hours amidst the piles 
And swear I'll get to cleaning...again.


  1. Very clever! Can so relate! Good luck!

    1. Thanks! Supposedly the Year of the Monkey calls for a giant cleaning on all levels; maybe the universal mojo will help me out.

  2. This is my life too. You have a gift of verse. You should use it more often.

    1. I'll take that advice to heart! Maybe I'll set a goal of at least once a week, during the March SOLC.

  3. What a fun poem and a situation I can certainly relate to! I like your idea of approaching it with humor and creativity rather than hand-wringing despair. Thanks for starting my day with a smile. Oh--and that word--cattywampus--it is so becoming a part of my vocabulary! I plan on introducing it to my students today (after enjoying a 2-hour delay!). Great post!

    1. Thanks, Molly! Yep, we tried to straighten the calendar, gave up and letting it hang askew. I have to just shake my head at the clutter; no use getting too upset. :-)

  4. The poem shows that constant rushing around, trying to get it all done, hard to do with so much TO DO. Love the poem's rhythm and rhyme!

    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, I sometimes feel paralyzed by the to-do list, and end up doing nothing...hoping to try again this year at cleaning more--and writing more poetry. ;-)

  5. How much do I love the word "cattywampus"?! What a fabulously fun verse.

    1. Thank you, Tara! The first line just came to me, as I stared at our crookedly-hanging kitchen calendar last night. My house certainly isn't at "Martha Stewart" status...ha!