Sunday, April 12, 2015

PO-EMotions #12- Aversion

April is National Poetry Month. Every year, my dear friend (and poet Extraordinaire), Mary Lee Hahn chooses a theme, and writes a poem each day. Mary Lee blogs and posts her poems at two different places- YEAR OF READING and a fabulous new poetry blog POETREPOSITORY.

This year, Mary Lee has chosen the theme, "PO-EMotions." She promises, "This year, I will write a poem a day that either evokes an emotion, or uses an emotion word in the title or body of the poem." Her list of emotions is here. I'm joining her, at least some days.

Today's emotion is aversion.


I abhor all things domestic,
housework is just not for me--

I'm bitter 'bout buffing bathtubs,
Hold contempt for cleaning closets,
Dislike doing dishes,
Exerting elbow grease exhausts me!

I find floor scrubbing frightful, and
grocery shopping gives me goosebumps,
housework harms my humor,
ironing irritates immensely,
and while we're on the subject
just leave my junk drawer junky!

Kitchen cleanup makes me cranky, and
laundry leaves me loathing, 
I find making beds malevolent, and
Neat freaks nauseate me.
My organization is original,
Please don't pick up my putdowns
I have qualms about your quick sweeps
I'd rather leave rubbish round!

I stink at sweeping stairways,
Towers teeter on my table,
Underneath my bed is ugly,
I view vacuuming with vitriol,
And wail when I wash windows,

I expect you'll find messy
and quite honestly I don't care,
Though I yearn for better habits,
Zeal for domestic
isn't there!

(c) Carol Wilcox,  (with a little help from her mother, Janet Wilcox), 2015


Mary Lee said...

You are the queen of abecedarians and you have taken your craft to a whole new level with this one! LOVE all the alliteration! I'm with you every step of the way when it comes to housework!

Tabatha said...

Very clever!!

Kay said...

I love it! The alliteration is awesome. And I am with you on housework. I much prefer to work in the yard than in the house--except for cooking. Now if someone else would just do the dishes.

Cathy said...

Carol, you're so clever. This day's poem is delightful. Each line easily entertained.


Nanc said...

Yes...this is me too. But you do it and get it done. I'm trying today, but frequent breaks are necessary and candy rewards and coffee needed. xo nanc