by Trevor Harvey

Our vacuum cleaner has
Sucked up the cat
The morning paper
The kitchen mat
Two dozen spiders
A pair of shoes
A vest and panties
(I’m not sure whose)
Some CDs and
Cassettes galore
A nest of tables
The bathroom door

The electric cooker
The TV set
An ancient picture
Of my first pet
Our neighbor’s dog
The mailman, too
Our dining chairs
My father’s shoe
Some plastic bricks—
And what a drag!
I think I need to
Change the bag.


Text © Trevor Harvey, reprinted from Rolling in the Aisles published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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