Household Ripening

1 February 2018

I refuse to do the vacuuming when you are out, my dear
even though it is infinitely quicker without a toddler.
Though there is a kind of satisfaction in making things clean,
such tasks are never complete, but cyclical and ever renewing.

Even though it is infinitely quicker without a toddler
I prefer to go the long way around, see the twist and meander.
Such tasks are never complete, but cyclical and ever renewing
dust gathers on the sill, mould blooms in the vegetable drawer.

I prefer to go the long way around, see the twist and meander,
we do the dance of avoidance, weaving untouched bodies.
Dust gathers on the sill, mould blooms in the vegetable drawer
presence builds thick in places, how ancient sheep paths wear threadbare.

We do the dance of avoidance, weaving untouched bodies.
Because I refuse to waste one single drop of silence
presence builds thick in places, how ancient sheep paths wear threadbare
because there is a certain ripening in grime and un-showered bodies.

Because I refuse to waste one single drop of silence
Your midnight waking will never find me washing dishes
Because there is a certain ripening in grime and un-showered bodies
I refuse to do the vacuuming when you are out, my dear.

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