The Primacy of the Household To do List


Today I woke up with the desire to compose
a poem. I have several ideas in my pending file.
I’ll review them and decide on one, for certain.

However, my wife reminds me of several
items undone on the household to-do list.
Says she doesn’t want to push me, but.

I will get to the poem. First I need to cut back the
crepe myrtles. My wife insists I’ve put it off
far too long. It’s time to take on my projects.

I also have to mulch the butterfly garden —
another project requiring my attention,
promised for some time now.

There are the bare spots in the lawn. I have
a bag of seeds to be strewn. To prepare I need
to scarify the soil with my hard-tined rake.

Time has run out on assembling the elevated container
garden. My wife intends to set out herbs in the next
day or two. They’ve been in pots for a week.

The completion of these projects will be satisfying.
It will clear my conscience and please my wife, free
me to work on a poem, unobligated to other tasks.

I’ll shuffle through my poems-in-the-making file.
I’ve also jotted down a few fresh ideas. I have ample
material to work on tomorrow, if I make the time.

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When other responsibilities get in the way of writing.