What The Cleaning Lady Knows

Cleanliness is not and never has been next to godliness.

White carpets are hell.

You can get by without Comet, Spic and Span or lemon oil,
but Windex is mandatory.

Ammonia can cause pneumonia.

People who pay to have clean houses cleaned are lonely.

Children whose parents work full-time will fall in love with

Rich people splatter diarrhea
on the inside rim of their toilet seats, just like the rest of

Cleaning rags should always be washed separately with bleach.

Cash is better than checks.

—Ginger Andrews


Ginger Andrews

Ginger Andrews was born in North Bend, Oregon in 1956. Her poems have recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry, River Sedge,Fireweed, and The American Voice. In 1997, she received the Mary Schierman Award at the Coos Bay Writers Conference. She is the winner of the 1999 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, which will publish her book An Honest Answer in the fall. She cleans houses for a living, and is a janitor and Sunday school teacher at North Bend Church of Christ.

Image: Lucian Freud: Girl in a Dark Dress
Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM  Comments (2)  
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  1. This is excellent. The image was perfect for the words. Loved everything about it.


    • Thank you, Pearl. The hardest part by far is the pairing of prose and image, but it’s also the most rewarding. I can always tell when I get close—the hair literally stands on the back of my neck.

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