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Following, the closing poem from my chapbook, The Universe Comes Knocking, out earlier this year from Maverick Duck Press (where, HEY!, you can still order it! or you can contact me and buy one!)

This poem was first published by U.S.1 Worksheets, and it always gets a laugh at poetry readings. I'm extra proud of it because I adhered to the rhyme and meter of the original, including the same sounds on the line-ends. Here it is:

Stuck Doing Chores on a Summer's Evening
with apologies to Robert Frost

by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Whose clothes these are, I think I know.
I gave them birth. I've watched them grow.
They leave their dirty laundry here
In heaps as deep as drifted snow.

Sometimes I use All, sometimes Cheer,
And if a stain proves too severe –
Some grape juice, or some chocolate cake –
I always keep stain treatments near.

I give the Spray & Wash a shake –
It's running out, and so I make
A mental note. The dryer's beep
Reminds me I don't get a break.

My family is counting sheep,
But I have washing in a heap
And piles to go before I sleep.
And piles to go before I sleep.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Ramona Behnke
Aug. 22nd, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
This definitely made me smile. I was introduced to your poetry when I hosted the Poetry Box last year and recognized your name tonight. This would be fun to share with students as a mentor text for following original rhyme and meter for a parody. All of us can identify with the "piles to go before I sleep" whether it's laundry or papers needing to be graded.
kellyrfineman
Aug. 31st, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
I am in favor of sharing poems wherever they may suit, and I'm positive you are correct about piles of papers working, too!
sallymurphy
Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
Funny!
I love this - thanks so much for the laugh.
kellyrfineman
Aug. 31st, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny!
Thanks!
angeladegroot
Aug. 27th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 31st, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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