Housecleaning

I think the service staff
has been too good
at tidying up --
there is so little left here
of our ordinary clutter
that I could almost imagine
a completely fresh start
as though all the rest
had never happened
nothing upended
nothing broken
nothing torn apart.
You would just 
come strolling in
hang your coat on the
rack by the door
sit down in your usual armchair
tell me about work
and then pause to ask me 
how I was doing

                -acm