On staying in a stranger's house
To stay in someone else's house, pet their dog,
The lab is to be fed at an hour when I
The clock's hand moves 330 degrees in my prescence;
I have cold blood; I require the heat to be
Blankets, quilts are sought out in abundance,
Other people's tubs and showers are strictly forbidden.
I completely refuse to leave my hair in people's showers...
Half the Laborador, stuck to my coat, comes home with me midday
The green-eyed miniatures are to be prodded deliberately
Trash bins go out Thursdays; bags replaced in trash cans;
Making a mess in the kitchen becomes tedious;
Leaving a milk ring on an antique table is sure to
Numerous times I've tried to write in bed
I've tried to write you here, dearest Mayaki,