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Facing his final days of life,
A father often wishes
He’d spent more hours with kids and wife–
Not washed more dinner dishes.

A dying mother’s last regrets?
She should have found more time
To play with family and pets–
Not scrubbed more bathtub slime.

And so, in preparation for
A happier demise,
We think it’s best if we ignore
The urge to sanitize.

(From Walking In On People © Melissa Balmain
 2014. Used by permission of Able Muse Press.)