Keeping house is a constant struggle,
often associated with women’s work
i.e. Samantha Stevens (“Bewitched”) and

Jeannie (“I Dream of Jeannie”) lived
“real” TV superhero lives.
At the end of a day of mayhem.

these women used their super powers
to solve family dilemmas and still kept
a clean house with a mere twitch
of a nose or blink of eye.

Superman only used his powers
to break through concrete walls,
always leaving a mess where ever he went.

Batman and Robin, dynamic crime fighting
duo could depend on Alfred, faithful
butler, to keep their mansion very

“house” beautiful after fighting crime.
Admission of guilt: Reality be told,
this writer’s housekeeping skills
are nothing to brag about.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.