Ode to the Mess

May 10, 2010

Ode to the Mess
by Erin Kilmer

“Be not afraid of greatness,” Shakespeare said;
I say that in these words true wisdom lies.
For greatness comes to few, ’tis no surprise.
Fear thou rather thy laundry room instead–

For laundry comes to all; and fear the sink
With dishes overflowing, and the floor
Which greets with clutter all who pass the door.
Yes, fear the mess which never seems to shrink.

Fear that these messes will take o’er your life;
That you should focus only on their fall
And never see the joy within them all:
That thou should be a mother and a wife.

Oh, do thy work, but never do forget
That being theirs is thy greatest work yet.