Chores

Ada van Tine

In order to do the dishes

And fold the clothes

Or plan dinner

I must convince myself

That the momentary fixes

Are permanent

To hope the mess of life

Can be tamed

And that

Holding up a dam to chaos

With both hands

Is temporary

And not the most constant

State of living

Ada van Tine (she/her) is a queer writer who lives and works in Rochester, New York.