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The Houseboy

Updated on September 13, 2011

Background to the poem

In a country where labor is cheap and where less-privileged or uneducated persons seek to better themselves by escaping the village to work in the city as house boys or girls, this poem is actually typical of bosses behaving badly .


‘Anthony get me my fan!’

‘Anthony bring me my nail hardener.’

‘Come on, hurry up. Nonsense boy.’

‘Where did you go since I called you last time-back to your mother’s unproductive belly?

Please carry your smelling self out of this room now.’


‘Oh, hi.’


‘What?’ Please will this voice loosen up!

Breath. ‘No really, I wasn’t waiting for your call!’

‘Tonight?Great. I mean, okay.’

‘I’m free, I guess. More or less’

‘’Tony, come here quickly. Do you like your madam’s nail polish?’

‘Are you sure?’ Simper.

‘’Tony, please chill some drinks –make it a real good mix. I’m expecting ... (giggle)

A visitor.’

‘My dear Anthony, did you see where I put those newspapers from work?’


‘Ah hah, Tony, how many containers of soup are left in the freezer? Please check now.’

‘Did you remember to rinse the mud off the tyres? Anyway no rush- do it after you’ve fed the dog.’

‘Anthony, what is going on?’

‘Where are you?’


‘My flannel is stinking of urine or have I gone mad?’

‘And my Gossamer Shaver is jammed with heel scrapings!’

‘Where is Anthony? Are these not the drinks I asked him to chill?’

‘Anthony! Anthony! What! Why is this dog comatose in the driveway?’

‘Where are you?’

‘Where is my car?’

Photo credit

Thanks to [sic!]

Oliver M. GRUER-LAVIN for the photo of African Houseboy; edited to protect identity.


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      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      True, rjsadowski.The houseboy effected mischief and disappered.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Unfortunately, bosses behave badly all over the world.

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      trusouldj 6 years ago from Indiana

      Keep up the good work.

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      epigramman 6 years ago have such a nice easy natural flow to your writing style and as I always say if you write from the heart then the mind will follow - and you are certainly succeeding on both counts - would love to see you post some more creative writing - it's a gift you have and you do it very well - I sincerely hope all is well with you and thank you so much for your support too my friend .... lake erie time ontario canada 7:49pm

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      akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

      Thanks Weestro, didn't know about it.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I hope you're going to enter the contest.

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      ELEANOR 6 years ago

      As they say, If Anthony knew any better he probably would not be the houseboy :)