Poetry Friday: Don’t Even Bother

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Don’t Even Bother

What’s the fuss?
I’ll give it a nudge
but only if
I must. C’mon,

Let’s kick that can down the road.

Dust disgusts me not.
I’m nonplussed
by robust drifts
of the stuff.
Don’t like it on shelves?
Give it a brush.
Don’t like it atop books?
Give it a puff. Seriously,

Let’s kick that can down the road.

I’m an adult.
I’ve hushed
the unjust voices in my head
that would insult 
this dust-encrusted home.
Trust me,

Let’s kick that can down the road.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2022


The Poetry Sisters wrote bop poems this month. They have three stanzas (6 lines, 8 lines, 6 lines) and a repeating refrain. Additionally, the three stanzas should 1. introduce a problem, 2. elaborate on it, and 3. solve it. Our shared refrain was “Let’s kick that can down the road.”

My first challenge was to thing of something I’d “kick down the road” without trying to fix it. Something I can absolutely do without. Well, that’s easy…dusting!

Here’s what the rest of the Poetry Sisters came up with this month:

Tanita has the Poetry Friday roundup this week @ {fiction, instead of lies}

Tricia @ The Miss Rumphius Effect
Sara @ Read Write Believe
Laura @ Laura Purdie Salas
Liz @ Liz Garton Scanlon
Kelly @ Kelly Ramsdell
Andi @ A Wrung Sponge

Next month, we’ll be writing Heidi’s Definito Poems: the definito is a free verse poem of 8-12 lines (aimed at readers 8-12 years old) that highlights wordplay as it demonstrates the meaning of a less common word, which always ends the poem. Join us if you’d like!

16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Don’t Even Bother”

  1. I love that you and Tanita touched upon similar topics. I’m fascinated by dust motes in the air, so the photo and poem speak to me. Chasing dust away is a neverending task.


  2. Oh, all this near rhyme is fantastic — I had to read it aloud. Lovely job! And clearly nobody’s cleaning house today 🙂


  3. Exactly on point, kick it far! Thanks for permission now that I know another who kicks that can down the road. Thanks, Mary Lee!


  4. I’m so amused that we even have similar images!!!! Let it drift, puffed away, only to be dealt with if we must. Indeed. I love how you shortened your lines and just made this so casually conversational. I like the tone you struck and your conclusions best of all.


  5. Oh, my goodness…was having such a good time reading this I didn’t even realize it was a bop until starting to comment. Super bop. Dust is a problem I don’t care much about, either! Ha!


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