late show on TV?
I finish cleaning up
for the cleaning lady


16 Responses

  1. James Says:

    so true
    so sad

  2. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    Yes! I've done that!

  3. MaryJo Says:

    How true. I wonder if most of us do that?

  4. Valentina Says:

    I like it.

  5. magyar Says:

    __Well liked,Micheal. My view, inept or not, is that you were functioning, and not bound to the late night… TV promos.
    __In a late night interview, an entertainer promotes their new book; then, in a 'quick break' from the -advertisement- of that new book, the show moves to a -commercial-. Smiles_!

    late night show
    its guest flaunts their new book


  6. Garry Says:

    Ours, a Russian immigrant trained as a nurse, is so hard working we like to give her a hand. Besides, we'd hate to lose her. But I appreciate the paradox. Good Senryu.

  7. haikuapprentice Says:

    Garry why do you call this "Senryu"?

  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Maybe because it is about human nature rather than nature per se, Strider? I find it difficult to describe which is which sometimes :)


  9. haikuapprentice Says:

    Hi marion. I realize there are poets who I greatly respect who use the term. And I don't want to seem to be having another rant. I have explained my objection to the term in great detail on my own blog. I personally believe it is an unwarranted distinction in the English form of the verse. Especially since Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki all wrote verse involving human nature, and everyone rightly calls their work haiku. I would prefer not to see the term used as it can seem disrespectful, and unhelpful. Anyway, it seems I have ranted after all. Sorry.

    But thanks for taking the time to discuss and respond :-)


  10. Vidya Says:

    I love this one!! As I read this one, the images of my mom filled my mind.

  11. haikuapprentice Says:

    Another great haiku from Michael.

    So human and so poignant. I hear an echo of some of those masterworks by Basho, like this one from his Narrow Road (translation by Barnhill):

    resting on my journey
    I watch the year-end housecleaning
    of the floating world

    But I actually prefer Michael's poem more because it is more humanistic.

    Wonderful verse, thank you for sharing it.


  12. papagreenbean Says:

    April Fools! No one in their right mind cleans up for the cleaning lady—do they?

  13. marykendall Says:

    Oh, how perfect!

  14. martin1223 Says:

    PBS Newshour
    night sounds from my window

  15. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Very amusing! :)


  16. hammerandtongs Says:

    Late show on TV. Yada, yada, yada. More productive to clean up, so when the cleaning lady comes she sees the standard of cleanliness required.

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