Shove the papers in the desk
the laundry in drawers
the dishes in the dishwasher
still encrusted with grime
make a pass at the bathroom
the two-inch thick dust on the furniture
wash the crust from my face
Open the door when the bell rings
Smile, nod, pretend
I can relate to this hurried list of preparations. love the specificity of “two-inch thick dust”
The last line is very effective! I know this drill.
This resonates! What makes this is the last word. It changes the tone from playful to something much more…not only with meaning but also with the rhythm. It stops the rush and focuses on emotion. Nice.