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If it's not
Phebe Davidson


one thing it's something else:
a checkbook to balance,
bills to pay, a dripping faucet 
on the bathroom sink, 
an unexpected sheet rock sag,
the absence of light from 
a burnt out bulb. You ought to 
know the drill by now,
or the hammer, pliers, electric

broom. Murphy's Law
in room after room, like the
sudden surprise of a 
sonic boom rattling the hutch 
in the dining room. 
Enough is enough. You say it
each time, a bluff that gets 
called without reason
or rhyme. Now it's the door
bell refusing to chime.

© by Phebe Davidson.
Used here with the author's permission.




Phebe Davidson is a recovering academic, the author of twenty-some published collections of poems, a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. Her latest book is What Holds Him to this World (Ninety-Six Press, 2014), which  was awarded the 2013 South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in Greenville, SC.




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If a poem could be a pixie---this one is it! Much fun & glee & magic. Thanks, Phebe
Posted 01/14/2017 02:41 PM
Love it! Janice
Posted 01/14/2017 10:49 AM
Lori Levy:
Very true!
Posted 01/14/2017 10:45 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Jean Your poem puts a smile in my belly.
Posted 01/14/2017 10:16 AM
That's life! Just have to get on with it, Phebe.
Posted 01/14/2017 09:07 AM
Jean :D:
Wow! Phebe must have been peeking in my windows & got the inspiration for this insightful (ahem) poem!
Posted 01/14/2017 08:53 AM
I like this poem!!
Posted 01/14/2017 08:24 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Home is the place where, when you have any money, it has to take it all! Fun poem, Phebe.
Posted 01/14/2017 07:58 AM
Good poem! Would say more, but need to get going and clean the gutters.
Posted 01/14/2017 07:38 AM
Larry Schug:
Not personally knowing you, I have to say I love the match of your expression in your photo with this poem of the ol' money pit.
Posted 01/14/2017 07:19 AM
Another nifty little gem from Ms. Davidson.
Posted 01/14/2017 04:30 AM
Been there. Was a happy renter for twelve easy years! Great to see the problems in delightful print.
Posted 01/14/2017 03:34 AM

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