Don’t Make Your Bed!

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Make your bed, they said
So I did.
Made it neat and complete
with hospital corners
tidily tucked in.
But then I heard it or read it
or someone told me about it:
1.5 million dust mites
living in my sheets.
In my sheets!
506a3452dbd0cb305d001303._w.1500_s.fit_Throw back the sheets, they said.
Let it all air out.
Let the moisture evaporate.
Defeat those wee beasties
though they don’t sting or bite
or burrow into flesh.
Instead they revel in bed
dining on dead skin and hair
without care
leaving a trail of turgid fecal pellets
poop particles, if you will,
which you breathe in
and out
and in.
It’s enough to make you cringe
and scrub at your skin
or to activate
an asthmatic attack.

Did you know?
Did you know?
Dead mites
and their droppings
can accumulate
to a terrifying ten percent
of the weight
of a two-year old pillow.
Or more!
Did you know that?


But an unmade bed
showers those sheets
(that you tossed and turned
and shed in)
with light and air
to desiccate the dust mites,
depriving them
of their warm, moist domicile.

There’s no real debate,
no reason to wait.
Forget that Good Housekeeping
Seal of Approval.
Rip off that comforter.
Pull off those sheets.
Let the light shine in
and your bed aerate.
And come bedtime,
Night night,
sleep tight.

Damn mite.

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(c) Molly Hogan, 2015

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Make Your Bed!

  1. […] you’re not fond of creepy crawlies, Molly Hogan’s “Don’t Make Your Bed” will give you the […]

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  2. Tabatha says:

    You know, my son told me that pretty recently and I wasn’t sure he knew what he was talking about. 🙂
    My favorite stanza is:
    But an unmade bed
    showers those sheets
    (that you tossed and turned
    and shed in)
    with light and air
    to desiccate the dust mites,
    depriving them
    of their warm, moist domicile.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Linda Baie says:

    I could have used this a long time ago when my mother made me make my bed every.single.morning. Now your poem may help break the habit, but don’t tell, please. Love that ending.

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  4. haitiruth says:

    Shudder…

    Thanks for the great poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. maryleehahn says:

    Permission accepted to leave the bed unmade!

    Liked by 1 person

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