What, you may ask, does this have to do with Oaxaca? Nothing, except that I wrote it and submitted it to our local poetry group as part of the 4th of July poetry contest just before leaving for Oaxaca. Lo and behold, I return to discover I “won” for this little, fluffy ditty. We all know the “honey do” list, don’t we?
Honey Do 4th of July
Please mow the grass, dear
What, you didn’t hear?
Let me say it again loud and clear.
Make sure the cooler is filled with ice
Cut the watermelon with an even slice
Sorry, did I forget to be nice?
Fill the lanterns with citronella oil
So mosquitoes don’t cause our guests to recoil.
Next, pat the burgers onto aluminum foil.
Light the grill an hour before cooking
Just to make sure the coals are hot smoking
That’s right, honey, keep checking and looking.
Oh, my goodness, what did we forget?
Got the beer? Got the wine? No, not yet?
Hurry, not much time, but try not to fret.
Move the picnic table, take out the trash,
Find the plastic stack chairs for this bash,
It’s important that we make big splash.
My boss will arrive early, her habit I know,
She likes her scotch neat, her young beau in toe,
Better stop at the ABC store, got enough dough?
One more thing, honey, please, to do if you can,
Put out ketchup, mustard, the honey roast ham.
Then the kitchen floor needs mopping, use Spic ‘n Span.
What shall we do if people stay late?
More than four hours and I’m going to hate
That I offered to host with such a full plate.
Whew, so much to do, I’m tired already,
I need a break ‘cause my knees are unsteady.
Last thing, run the flag up the pole, dear Betty.
Fourth of July comes but once a year,
It’s so much work for a few hours of cheer.
Thanks for your help to get ready, my dear.
-Norma Hawthorne, July 2009