I woke at dawn and made the bed
No time to shower in this hullabaloo,
But I drank some coffee to clear my head.
Breakfast cereal and whole meal toast—
Half of it’s wasted on the floor.
Peter our teen is as deaf as a post,
I just don’t understand him anymore.
“Go to school, all of you, just hurry up!
No, Sarah-Jane, you don’t have stomach flu.
Peter, don’t walk on Lisa the pup.”
“Close the door it’s blowing a gale,
Oh no! There goes my list.
Lisa dear, just leave the paper trail
and please don’t drool on that one—I insist.”
Groan...now to sanitize my shoe before I begin,
I’ve gone and stood in this doggy-do.
“And Lisa dear, stay out of the bin.”
Dust the shelves and clean the toilet.
Shampoo the carpet and lay the table.
Make weekly meals on a budget—
“Lisa dear, don’t chew on that printer cable.”
Wash the clothes and iron a shirt.
Pay the bills that are overdue—
“When do I rest my legs that hurt?”
After lunch, drive to the store,
We’re out of soap, milk and bread.
“But not before I clean Lisa’s paw
and take her off our bed.”
The phone’s been ringing off the hook
but Lisa for a change, is quiet and subdue.
“At least I can balance our sickly check book.”
“Oh no, the kids are home already,
I haven’t even dried their clothes.”
Sarah-Jane is looking faintly heady,
and Peter has a bleeding nose.
Check the list one more time,
Double check the jobs are done.
“Kids, listen up, I want no grime,
I tell you this list has been no fun.”
“For today, I think I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro,
but now that the baby has made his debut,
Your mother can check the list tomorrow.”
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