Cassandra Maxim // TO ANNOY YOUR MOTHER

Don’t take off your shoes

when you walk through the door,

and leave muddy footprints all over

the kitchen tile.

 

Don’t listen to her advice,

even though you know

she’s definitely right.

Instead make mistakes

she would really

hate.

 

Don’t bring your dirty plate up

to the sink, covered

with leftover chicken and

slimy spinach. Make sure

to leave it on the counter.

 

Don’t tell her

how much you appreciate

all the things she does

for you, or how much

you love her.

 

Don’t clean up your room,

with dirty socks and books

strewn on the ground,

and force her to pick it all up

instead.

 

Don’t tell her you care,

But, know that she will

always care

for you.

 

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