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I Cannot Afford a Maid

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


'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


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


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



this nag

does not

need a


© 2019 Jamie Lee Hamann


Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 21, 2020:

Since last poetry month I have become one with my inner cleaner and organizer. Jamie

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 20, 2020:

Sounds like the maids were not easily amused.

Best of luck with the cleaning.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 04, 2019:

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 Ghazal from Amman on May 04, 2019:

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

Dianna Mendez on April 20, 2019:

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

Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 19, 2019:

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

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on April 19, 2019:

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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