Quadrille #102 – Don’t Forget To… by Mish

Okay, time to flush out forty-four words exactly, not counting the title for today’s challenge at the d’verse Poets Pub.  My poem a couple of days ago, detailing a small pleasure, conformed so closely to today’s NaPoWriMo prompt, I couldn’t muster the juice to write another on that subject.  But, the point is just to write, write, write, so here I am, sidling up to the bar, ready to flush the cobwebs out and get inspired!

She Cussed Him, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah


He took inordinate pleasure

in order– at night he dreamed

about his desk─ manuscripts

never piled, always stacked,

all corners flush.


It wasn’t until the cleaning lady

cursed him, that nightmares began─

pornographic scenarios featuring

his desk with dozens of documents

strewn higgledy-piggledy


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9 Responses to Flush

  1. I would never try cleaning up the chaos of anyone else…

  2. maria says:

    Haha. Sometimes putting things in order could mean mixing it all up.

  3. msjadeli says:

    Most would consider pornographic scenarios pleasant, so he’s extremely controlled even as his documents are strewn. Hoping things calm down for him soon.

  4. rothpoetry says:

    I love this… his desk with dozens of documents
    strewn higgledy-piggledy

    I know people like this!! This made me smile.

  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    OCD, what a reality. I loved HARRIET too. I had the deja vu moment as well. I have a small desk adjacent to my computer. I have several stacks of important papers, rife with passwords, lists. My wife went on a cleaning binge, mixing up all the “order” of things, creating new clean stacks with flush corners. It took me an hour to find everything; smile.

  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    On my way to your great poem, I paused when I saw “and ain’t I a woman” .. the words of Sojourner Truth, a woman I so admire! Great writes here.

    • Thank you. Have you seen the movie “Harriet.” It’s profoundly moving and not sentimental slick in any way. The cinematography is exceptionally beautiful and underscores the somehow that nature carries its own imperative for freedom. Cynthia Erivo is Harriet Tubman – she even looks like her. There’s a scene in the movie where Harriet is posing for the photograph we see so often reproduced in our time. I had this weird moment of deja vu. The only sad thing is that the movie ends after the civil war. We don’t get to see her give the “ain’t I a woman speech.” I am hoping someone will record Cynthia Erivo giving it some day.

  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    Interesting that the disorder originated with the cleaning lady.

  8. Mish says:

    I enjoyed the contrast of the stanzas from dreams of order to nightmares of “higgledy-piggledy” chaos.

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