Scare the house cleaner

Lori A. Powell 1962 (Saint Mary’s PA)

August 23 

Big kids little kids
The prank is still the same
The target is the housecleaner
The fake bug is the game.

Open a kitchen drawer
It will be a surprise
Jump back with a little “yelp”
Poke it with a stick then realize

It’s just a fake bug made of plastic
the kind that kids play with.
But some times those fake bugs look real especially from a distance.

The ones who pull the prank
chuckle when they leave
They are never there to see the surprise
Yet they believe.

Over the years of housecleaning
the fake bug prank often happens to me
I guess it’s all part of doing this job
though I never find it funny.

Written by Lori A. Powell

About this poem

Vacation rental homes are popular these days. Everyone knows that a house cleaner comes in after the guests check out. Occasionally there are guests that find humor in pulling a prank on the housecleaner. It happens often.

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Written on August 04, 2023

Submitted by musclegirl on August 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 656
Words 139
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 2

Lori A. Powell

I enjoy writing. I’ve written 2 children’s books. “Les Lobster” and “Stars are everywhere” I live in the forest where the river meets the ocean. Sometimes it’s easier for me to write than to talk to others. Ironically, I used to be a switchboard operator. I write because it seems right to write. Plus it keeps my mouth from getting into trouble. more…

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  • kem330
    Very imaginative and fun poem.
    LikeReply11 days ago
  • alanswansea18
    I love this poem it's true and beautiful.
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