Helpful Household Hints

Oh, for
that moment when you think
you’ve stolen time
to write,
but you end up cleaning
up an overflowed toilet instead.
Here’s a tip.
When you have a clog, plunge.
Don’t flush.
I guess the same could be said
about writing.
You want to suck the stuff out,
not flush it away, though
the temptation
to soften the edges with poison
is strong. Hold fast
to that edge and pull,
pull like necessity, get it all out.

True story. This is #13 of 30 Poems in November to benefit Center for New Americans.