Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Like Housecleaning

I Like Housecleaning
Dorothy Brown Thompson

It's fun to clean house.
The food isn't much,
And paint's all about
That we mustn't touch;
But strange stored-away things,
Not like everyday things,
Make marvelous playthings
From attics and such.

The boxes come out
From closets and chests,
With odd sorts of clothes
Like old hats and vests,
And photographed faces,
And ribbons and laces,
And postcards of places,
And cards left by guests.

The Mother says, "Throw
The whole lot away!"
And Father says, "Wait--
I'll need this someday."
But either way's meaning
A chance to go gleaning
Among the housecleaning
For new things to play.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Dana said...

Yup, that's my house: decorated with early attic and late basement... I never have to go to yard sales :)

Cute poem!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Not being familiar with this poet, I googled her name. So, do you know if this link is about the same person?

http://www.peterkurth.com/DOROTHY%20THOMPSON.htm

6:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I don't think so, Dana, but I could be wrong. Dorothy Brown Thompson wrote a lot of light children's poems and Dorothy Thompson appears to have had more than children's poetry in mind most of the time.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Jerome said...

If you have a clean house you will in doubt have a house that is free from possible diseases. Doing the task regularly would help any member of the family stay healthy and happy in everyday living. The poem speaks of meaningful things that give importance of cleaning our own house.

3:36 AM  

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