The vacuum

Its a man-made machine,

one of those modern appliances 

that was created for women

so she wouldn’t have to get down

on her hands and knees 

to do her dutiful daily cleaning. 

It does it for her

so to speak:

It sucks the gathered dust of her day

right up the hose

where it disappears.

It inhales every bit of evidence

that this floor has been walked on

That this space has been lived in.

It follows her around

from room to room

from floor to ceiling

noisily sucking it all in

and holding it there

until no trace is left, 

no speck of dirt. 

All is clean. 

Nobody will even know 

she was here

with her man made machine,

vacuuming her life away. 

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