The Dance of the Domesticated

Dance of Domesticated
The Dance of Domestication

The Dance of Domestication


This dance of domestication moves me

through home, a silent specter with a brush,

to put some muscle behind scouring rush

to concentrate on step before ice tea.

We waltz with broom, past makers of the mess,

this broom has earned its right to partner here

the most flexible of my cleaning gear

our pirouette leaves audience to guess.

Each room a dance hall or a studio

an imaginary ballet teacher

to comment on my posture while I bleach.

Watch closely kids as I perform the show

the modern dance of dusting to feature

my dreams of stage always within my reach.


To re evaluate repeated act

these household habits turn to exercise

an extra boldened step to sanitize

to squarely push the logic of this fact.

This work requires a primitive love squat

or gentle pirouette with a toe drop

a chance to spin through chores and make time stop

this domesticated dance I’ve been taught.

This tub will need a balance of coccyx

or these floors could use a bit of soft shoe

the swing of partner during favorite waltz.

To pretend to dance as if in Tropics

when bleaching the germs within my loo

to leave a shine that covers all our faults.


The divinity of a la seconde

these dynamic habits we grow up with

to focus on my freestyle with each breathe

to find my mark within isolation.

Though dance becomes abstract when I fold cloths

an 8-count with every sleeve folded down,

in Ballroom swinging with a gorgeous gown,

a pile of denim blue constantly grows.

But our domestic dances bring accent

to life that sometimes may seem rather bland,

to grab my hand and hold me in slow dance.

With timing I release my discontent

with arching back I reach to sky with hand

so in my home I hold a stronger stance.


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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

2 thoughts on “The Dance of the Domesticated

  • April 27, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Jamie, I can so relate to this piece. Who has not danced with a broom? My broom and I had some elegant classic moves in the day. Turning housework into enjoyable exercise and fun is still the best way to get things done. I love your verse! Good phrasing and great imagery.

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