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Poem: "It's National Chores Day"

Updated on November 5, 2011

Today is National Chores Day...
Celebrate it in your own little way.

A holiday is not to be stressed,
Fold those clothes and don't look so depressed.

It is a day to appreciate our chores;
it is not a time to be bored.

Start out the day at dawn.
Keep working, don't stop, and don't yawn.

Wash some dishes and start off mild,
Or paint the fence red to make it wild.

If you lived in a farm,
you might milk cows in the barn.

If you lived in the city,
you scrub tiles until you are achy.

Either pick apples by the basket,
or vacuum each and every carpet.

Whether you are young or old,
find some chores and do as you are told.

Today is not a day for the beach;
Polish those windows until they screech.

Chores are such a bore,
When day is over, we will have no more.

At the end, we all cry "hooray!"
No more chores until next year, same day.


About the Poem

The above is a fictitious poem. As far as I know, there is no such thing as National Chores Day. Any resemblance to real events is purely coincidental. Although, the poem was inspired by a day of chores.

I like rhyming poems and use the help of to help with word selection. I also like rhymes because I like Dr. Seuss poems and kid books which mostly tend to rhyme. His full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel who is also a cartoonist. I would have drawn something for the image to be used with the poem. But I can not draw and instead selected a photo selected from Wikimedia Commons with Creative Common licensed for reuse with attribution.

The point of the poem is to challenge people to take a different perspective look at chores. Most people think of chores as boring as evidenced by the words "bored" and "yawn" in the poem. But I want to flip the perspective, describing it with words like "celebrate", "appreciate", and "holiday".

The word "hooray" in the second to last line can be interpreted in two ways. You can think of chores as a bore and hooray we are done and have no more. Or you can think of it as hooray as in an successful accomplishment of the day's chores.

I used Microsoft Word in order to use its word count feature. I wanted to make sure the poem had 500 words in order to qualify for the Hubpages November 2011 writing contest. This poem is publish for the first time on Hubpages within this month. And is copyrighted by the author.

At first the poem had been shorter, but the Hub article was not 500 words yet. So I added a few more lines to the poem, which was not so easy because every line had to be a line that matched another line in order to make a rhyming pair. That is the pattern of this poem and I don't want to throw off the pattern.

Let's check the word count now. Yep, 509 words excluding this sentence.


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