Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Spring Cleaning
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
“For all the time poets—especially female poets—spend on domestic chores,” writes Ellen Taylor of Appleton, little of their poetry “includes those activities.” With today’s poem about spring cleaning, she helps set things right.
Spring Cleaning By Ellen M. Taylor
Why are there no poems of the joy of vacuum cleaning after a longwinter? Of the pleasure of pulling the couch back, sucking up cobwebs, deadflies, candy cane wrappers, cookie crumbs? The sun rises earlier now, floodingthe room with daffodil light, enough to see long unseen clumps of dog hair,wood ash, needles from holiday greens. The vacuum crackles over a spotof gravelly dirt, until at last the carpet pile is clean, floorboards gleam.Then, the bliss when the machine is pressed off, no sound left but the tick, tick of the clock.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2009 by Ellen M. Taylor. Reprinted from Floating, Moon Pie Press, 2009, by permission of Ellen M. Taylor. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263.