Her worry moment is doing dishes
when her children pass her mind one by one,
every dirty plate another problem
she rinses quickly. The crockery floats,
tea cups seem boats on a foamy ocean
but she won’t get distracted. She rinses.
The knives are the first to come out shining,
stains can go if the effort is thorough.
She sees possibilities. Another school?
Next the spoons and forks emerge brightly too.
But the plates need a soak. Her thoughts ponder.
Money is tight, she will be creative.
Ideas of how to make money come by.
The water spirals its way in the sewer,
she is done, she had a good think. Some new
dirty cups already pile up in the sink.