Disabling the Smoke Alarm

to reach the smoke alarm
to remove the battery
before the thing wakes up the guests

is because
cookie sheets holding strips of bacon
have been slid in
without notice
of the sticky circles on the oven floor,
the spillover
from the double apple crisp
of the night before.

Some people’s houses are too clean for me.

presidential placemat

all the president’s faces
on the laminated placemat
that sat below the dog’s dishes
at Christmas
I laugh
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. 🙂

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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3 Responses to Disabling the Smoke Alarm

  1. pastordt says:

    Amen. I favor the lived-in look myself. :>)


  2. Deidra Riggs says:

    Ay yi yi! That smoke detector! Always giving away secrets. 🙂


  3. eil1een says:

    I love this. Very clever!


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