I Cannot Afford a Maid

Updated on April 19, 2019
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I can't seem to stop writing poetry or reading poetry. I think it is safe to say I love poetry and I love sharing great poetry with others.

"No greater instructor

then a society

of crafty women."

He said as he

dusted off a book

taken from a shelf,

the first book at hand.


"On my Honor,

On my Honor

Dear Fellow

where is your maid?"


"Well the first one.."

I replied.

"The first maid

I hired worked

for one weekend

then darted quickly

away and hide

behind tubs of suds.

I missed her

she carried her charm

on her lips and shoulders."


The second maid

I hired...

She looked at me

said

'How is it I have not seen

the lofty sky....'

she wandered

out of my house

I never saw her again."


All I ever wanted

was a clean home

nothing but that

nothing but the peace

and stillness

of cleanliness.


"I hired a team of maids.

One day I returned

home from work

they were having

a dual of their brooms.

Although the sport

of it was extreme

they made more of a mess

then they cleaned."


I need help with the cleaning


I just want time to sit and eat

cheesecake.


I need help cleaning


I wish to date again

but my last date was angry

her anger had shortened

and pointed her fingers

where flesh tone

had turned slightly grey

from knucklebone

to fingertip.


I need help cleaning.


I wish to spend time

writing critical analysis,

I hear the criticism

in my head,

I have

for years

listening to the long

draw of intellectual

discourse.


I need a maid

who cares

who loves caring.

Here is where

the difficulty lies.


I guess

my life

will continue

to rush me about.

Most of my adult

life is rushing

about.


Maybe

this nag

does not

need a

nanny.

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    © 2019 Jamie Lee Hamann

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      • snakeslane profile image

        Verlie Burroughs 

        2 weeks ago from Canada

        Jamie, Very clever the way you put this together from Tolstoy 'War and Peace' quotes, I never would have guessed if you hadn't revealed it in the comments.

        I need a maid too, or two of me.

      • yasmeen ghazall profile image

        Yasmeen Ghazal 

        2 weeks ago from Amman

        I like the type of writings you share. keep it up!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        4 weeks ago

        A clean home allows me to think, very peaceful. It makes me feel accomplished! Enjoyed the maid discussions.

      • jhamann profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Lee Hamann 

        4 weeks ago from Reno NV

        Thank you Harish. The poem is actually made from quotes from “War and Peace.” Tolstoy and housework. Jamie

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        Harish Mamgain 

        5 weeks ago from New Delhi , India

        Wonderful creation Jamie , you made all maids alive in this poem. It felt all real. You really deserve a decent maid.

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