Friday, September 16, 2011
Do things still get dusty?
You bet. At least things in the vicinity of my usual haunts, the corner where my computer sits, waiting for the familiar touch of my flying fingers ... the file cabinet where treasured bits of writing are stored ... even one of my favorite reading chairs in another corner.
My earliest exposure to the never-ending battle against dust came as I watched my grandmother fighting it.
I remember how those motes rose in the sunbeams invading the house, then settled back. I'm sure she managed to capture many of them with her dusting cloth, but it was those which escaped that I found most intriguing.
I imagine they're still up to their old tricks, because I can dust the screen of my computer in the evening, and the next day they're back, lurking, smirking, daring me to try again.
This poem, originally published in Capper's, is my tribute to those dust particles:
Resting at will,
but never sleeping,
it rises lazily
ahead of the cloth,
back on everything
the very minute
your back's turned.
Today's word: motes