Busy Sundays at home

Dishes clang-rattle in the sink,

the oven, still cooling, hums along

(a low drone anchoring the dishwasher’s treble),

granola cools, crackling,

spreading baked vanilla through the house

while soldierly candlesticks

wait to be polished.

Plaintive singsonging rises from the basement –

a boy ironing his uniform –

while upstairs

fingers at work on keys

tap-tap-tap out their own rhythm.

Kleenex boxes need replacing

and the grocery list grows ever longer,

there is dinner to make

and, oh! the hand washing as well.

As one chore is finished,

another begins.

Sunday’s work

is never quite done.

 

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