I could be less clichéd if someone would put the thesaurus back in the right place

I don't think I'm asking too much

Just that you close the pantry doors
when you're done

Switch off the dining room light
when you leave

Make sure you close the office door
when you've got the heater on

Lock the car door
when you come inside

Remember any conversation we have
for more than five minutes

Pay attention while we're having
a conversation

Do what you say you'll do
without weeks of reminders

All clichéd requests
I know
nothing new
nothing different
nothing special

But in doing them
you'll tell me
that I am the centre of your universe
and that I'm not alone
in a room
whose thesaurus is missing

Paula Harris

Published in the NZ Poetry Society anthology "Given An Ordinary Stone"
November 2013