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Jane-Bear's House of Madness

After the children were gone,
the madness came out from under cover –
came out to play
came out from behind the walls

It made its rancid presence felt
in the daily, accumulating drift
of newspapers, magazines,
and earthquaked,
fallen books

Which evolved and metastasized
upon, across,
every floor
in every room
in every corner
of that house

Too many cats
relieved themselves too many times,
in too many places,
anywhere and

The defecation,
the urination
soaked deep into the books,
the magazines,
the newspaper machè
which steadily grew upon the
kitchen floor, the
bedroom floors, the
living room, bathroom
and hallway floors

Fleas flourished,
blacking out white socks
in a literal blink

feces and vomit covered
kitchen counters, stove tops,
the top of the refrigerator
Black widow spiders
cherished and encouraged by the
woman of the house

Jane-Bear’s old bed –
its mattress alive with
the “ladies” so cherished
hadn’t been a place to sleep
for years

A tiny pocket of space
on the living room floor

Amidst cascaded books,
resting in unkempt heaps,
painted thickly with the dust
and cobwebs of decades,
lying there, undisturbed

This was Jane-Bear’s
lair for sleeping

I cleaned it, I
put a sheet down and cried

& when she gazed on
what I had done,

When she saw her
clean, new, sheeted pocket of space,
there amongst the books,

she smiled sweetly, told me,
“it’s much too good for the likes of the Bear”

and I cried,
dear God,

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