I move the vacuum across the floor.
Even though I know it won’t be long
before I’ll have to vacuum once more,
it feels good to see the dog hair
and tracked-in dirt disappear.
I wish I could as easily clean
the mess my angry words
made earlier in the day,
but while the floor relinquishes
dirt with ease, I don’t expect
the one I hurt to do the same.
Some things require more time
and a deeper clean.