The importance of getting out of the house

No shortcuts out of irritation

to untie the sickening twist in gut

the mother’s unkind response – to

little daughter set out on destructive path through the house

Lock the cat in the cabinet

Take pen and write what looks like Arabic “th” on the walls

Break the stick end of a toy and use it to beat the edge of the bathtub while singing joyfully “thum! thum! thum!”

“Stop!” A million times time-out (for both of us) to catch a breath

but daughter discovers how it works by taking it apart

she laughs at mommy’s menace – fearless

okay now, solution this –

out of the house we go

get the socks, shoes and coats

to the zoo!

to the zoo!

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