Poetry

Clutter, clutter, clutter

... not a new problem

by  Grace White Bragdon

Editor's note: You thought clutter came with computers? This poem was written in 1975 by Grace White Bragdon of Melrose, mother of Barbara B. Bennett. It was written at age 85 in Mother's Melrose Victorian home at:

90 Bellevue Avenue

Clutter, clutter, clutter!
  Books piled on a chair.
Clutter, clutter, clutter,
  Papers everywhere.
Bills, receipts, and statements,
  Magazines unread.
Letters to be answered,
  Mending on the bed.
Bottles on the table -
  "Probec", "Feroweet"
  "Esidrix and B12"
Hardly room to eat!
Curtains needing washing,
  Silver to be shined,
Closet clogged with clothing -
  Nothing can I find.

Clutter, clutter, clutter, -
  Blotter, stamps, and seals,
Writing paper boxes,
  "Mystic-tape on reels,
Card-file, ink, and 'phone book,
  Lists of food to buy.
Towels to be laundered,
  Recipes to try.
Seeds I should have planted,
  "Feeders" to be hung.
Wonder I'm bewildered?
  (90's song is sung.)



June 7, 2002


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