I’ve just found out that today is national poetry day in the UK. I immediately thought of a little poem which every woman should read, “Dust if you must” by Rose Milligan. The irony that I recently had to search around and make my own furniture polish which I posted on Instagram last week has not escaped me! Today I did clean the house but also did a few things I like too, just don’t get too obsessed with that dust.
What poems do you like?
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain, This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
For those who still need to polish, the recipe is equal quantities of olive oil, lemon juice and white vinegar. Simple but extremely good at cleaning and protecting all of our wooden furniture.