Cleaning

 

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My sister enjoys cleaning. Me? Not so much. I love having a clean home, but I am not a cleaner by nature and my house is typically a bit of a mess. It usually stops short of squalor but can definitely descend into downright dirty. Other things simply take precedence, despite my best intentions. On rare occasions, when the world feels overwhelming, I do take comfort in the simple act of cleaning. Last night was one of those times.

Cleaning

There are those times
when the sweep of a dampened sponge
over countertop or across sink
chases away dirt, germs, debris and
the overwhelming sum of it all
putting a sweet shine on that spot
imposing an island of order
an eye in the chaotic storm
Gratifying
Satisfying
Superficial

Molly Hogan (c) 2016

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20 thoughts on “Cleaning

  1. Another delightful and publishable-for-a-larger-audience poem. At least that is my two cents sitting here in northern Georgia.

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  2. Sue says:

    Exactly

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  3. cindaroo42 says:

    I love the last line- superficial
    Great take on cleaning and I’ll keep this poem in mind as I clean this weekend

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  4. lindabaie says:

    I think of these tasks a bit like meditating, Molly. You’ve written the feeling well, that “putting a sweet shine” on whatever is needed. It’s a necessary poem!

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  5. I feel exactly the same way. Most of the time cleaning is pretty much the last thing on my mind, but sometimes, when the world just feels beyond your control, there’s something so gratifying and soothing about being able to at least control the state of your own home, if only for a little while until the chaos takes over again. 🙂

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  6. I agree! Though sometimes my best thoughts come from cleaning in a trance.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I suppose repetitive motion can free your mind to wander as it wills. I found that when I was running, I often had my best thoughts–perhaps for some of us the body needs to be engaged elsewhere to fully free the mind? Hmmm….

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  7. Nice twist at the end. “Superficial” – Indeed – and one could add “Transitory.”

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  8. dmayr says:

    I take great comfort in knowing I’m not the only one who avoids cleaning! My late aunt told me, in her later years, that she regretted her earlier obsession with always having a clean house. Do whatever you need to do to maintain your creative soul. A bit of cleaning that provides inspiration is a bonus!

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  9. Your poem captures the drudgery of cleaning perfectly. It’s my nemesis, too! I’d much rather be reading or writing. Audiobooks are my solution when housekeeping tasks call.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’ve recently turned to podcasts, especially ones about books and reading 🙂 The downside is that while my house is slightly more organized and cleaner, my Amazon list is growing exponentially!

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  10. maryleehahn says:

    What a zinger of an ending!

    I, too, like HAVING CLEANED, but I don’t love it so much in the moment. So many good books, so many unwatched movies, so many bike trails to explore…

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  11. I like that last almost defeated note — superficial. I just broke four Mr. Clean magic erasers into pieces now that I’ve discovered they work on my cabinets. There’s more to do. More erasers to buy. But it makes me feel less defeated to have made a dent in my hopeless, ancient cabinets that water never cleans. This is a poem that strikes all the right chords. Well done.

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