THE REASON A CHAIR is NEEDED
to reach the smoke alarm
to remove the battery
before the thing wakes up the guests
cookie sheets holding strips of bacon
have been slid in
of the sticky circles on the oven floor,
from the double apple crisp
of the night before.
Some people’s houses are too clean for me.
all the president’s faces
on the laminated placemat
that sat below the dog’s dishes
at what their mothers might think.
I am invigorated
by signs of life –
piles of socks that need to be matched,
knitting projects in progress,
a letter started
and the mad scramble
for a chair to reach the smoke alarm
before it goes off.
I think I’ll go make a mess somewhere now. 🙂