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Dust Bunnies
by Regis Auffray
Friday, March 24, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Dust Bunnies                              


I love a spotless house
with white floors
bright and glistening
like those of former floor wax commercials
I long for
functional furniture  
shiny with steel
and synthetics
I want
no knickknacks
for dust motes to hide among
no dust
thus dust bunnies
get anorexia
waste away
and vanish
I think
my mind
is overpopulated with dust bunnies
and it would be nice to get rid of them
but I am not in favour of hunting
and besides
how painful
to have some hunter blasting away
in my soul
not to mention
the animal rights groups
who would surely come
with their protests and placards
so I just daydream
about an empty house
and a carefree soul
and the dust bunnies are blissful


Copyright 2006 Regis Auffray

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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/20/2014
I mske my house well lived in and the dust bunnies are there, not bothering me at all, since no one lives here but myself. It's natural and a natural setting, but your dust bunnies get taken care of very well, and I did see photos of your home which is very nice with a lovely deck and a lovely view.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 1/14/2014
I love how you turn from cleaning the house from the dust to cleaning the mind of things that clutter it, of unwanted things that always come back... Well written. Good use of metaphor. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 8/1/2009
Masterfylly done!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/26/2008
You sure captured this in the most unusual way, and being an Animal rights person, do appreciate your understanding ha, loved it!

I've got you under favourite authors for a long time, how come I just found this Regis?
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 7/24/2008
LOLOL, i love this, very quirky, and that ending is my favorite
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/12/2007
I like how cleaning house progresses to cleaning the mind in this unique piece. Great read~

Reviewed by Jill Carpenter 9/5/2007
Regis, I would love to have a house like you describe in this wonderful little poem. Alas, my old house is a veritable haven for desert-born dust bunnies, with nooks and crannies, and knock-knacks on shelves I can't reach (much less see, as I am rather short).

I am quite sure that while I sleep dust bunnies also dance in my head and build nests in the nooks and crannies of my brain...they also hide my car keys and shoes from time to time (what other explanation could there be?).

But, no need for rabbit hunting with a gun. I know of a better weapon. It's called canned air. Dust bunnies tremble in fear of it. One splooosh (or two) and they're gone. I do keep a few around on purpose, though. After all, if it weren't for dust bunnies, who would I blame when I lose my keys and my shoes?

Regis, I enjoyed this poem as I always enjoy reading your creations. Though I don't comment as often as I should, I do read here a lot. You are one of my favorites.
dust-bunny smiles to you!
Jill C
Reviewed by David Perry 8/31/2007
Don't hunt the little buggers, let them starve! :)
Reviewed by E. Farrand 3/5/2007
You have put those dust bunnies to good use. Don't let them settle in your mind, jist let them blow around for awhile.
Reviewed by Deborah Frontiera 5/14/2006
This gave me a smile. Great images. You would hate my house. I'd rather write than clean house. My philosophy is: when I can write a poem on the table without a pencil, it must be time to dust.
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/2/2006
Ahhh yes, I couldn't agree more! A little insight into the real you! (wink)
Warmest regards and respect,
Reviewed by c lea harris 4/29/2006
this is so cute,,I once thought a dust bunnie could not be a friend, as I get older, they pretty much hang out anywhere they want, they're certanily safe here,,and protected,,,lol, and dust bunnies of the mind,,yep,,I think we all have them,,whether we want to admit it or not,,,but, when it's time to clean house, there is always more to replace them,,,...thanks for the share
Reviewed by Meredith Dixon 4/15/2006
I love the dust bunnies!!! And the picture you posted! When I was little; very small; I thought the dust bunnies were cotten candy until I tried to eat them and found out very quickly that they were not good at all to eat!!! Silly dust bunnies. So even men have that perfect vision, too, of a perfect home with no clutter, no dust!!!
GREAT to know!!! Love from Meredith Especially liked the part where the animal rights group comes with the placards; I can just envision it now! Thanks so much, Reg!!!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/5/2006
This is so cute! Those bunnies are hard to chase, lovely write.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/28/2006
Oh this is just delightful, such a cute one Regis! I loved it!

Reviewed by totally anonymous 3/26/2006
a fun poem. Dust bunnies rule in my house they outnumber me:P
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 3/26/2006
My head is full of talking ghosts...I'm sure dust bunnies are quieter...
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 3/26/2006
awww..that makes me smile, Regis...I'm glad you let the dust bunnies be blissful.

Reviewed by Denise Edwards 3/26/2006
This is so cute! A fantasy creature that we used to search for, but only found when our noses itched and we sneezed! Thanks, Regis, for the memories!
Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/26/2006
An entertainingly whimsical and philosophically profound write. Enjoyed it very much.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 3/26/2006
Yes, those animal rights groups can come at you anytime LOL, kidding...Nice fun read.
Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/26/2006
fun read... if it wasn't for dust bunnies... I wouldn't have any pets
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/26/2006
Dust bunnies built up while you least expect it. Wonderful write and fun to read! Thank you Regis!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/26/2006
Funny poem. greatly enjoyed reading this. Peace and love to you regis
Reviewed by jude forese 3/25/2006
you have a cool sense of humor, Regis ...
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/25/2006
What a fun way to start my day Regis, with my house I just let the little critters have a couple of rooms to themselves, and we are all happy...smiles
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 3/25/2006
Marvelous bit of poetry, Regis. Thanks.
Reviewed by Karen Cino 3/25/2006
Where you peaking over my shoulder looking at all my adorable knickknacks just sitting there on top of shiny oak, surrounded by dust? Lol. What a way to start my day with such an upbeat poems. Excellent piece of humor.

Reviewed by Paul Williams 3/25/2006
Hehe, this made me smile Regis, I think those dust bunnies are visiting my shelves, they look pretty chilled to me.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/25/2006
awwwwwwww....I like things to be shiny clean too...but thos bloody dust bunnies keep on tickling my nose...!!


I need a spring cleaning pay just fun and laughter and a couple of sneezes top top it off!!

Lo0ve TinkaSweets!!

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/24/2006
Ah such a wonderful and humorous foray into the Category you do house cleaning as I would hire you in a heartbeat...Ed
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/24/2006
Thank for the wonderful smile, Regis. If I pay for a ticket, will you come and help me clean my house. Should take about two weeks. ;-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/24/2006
Awwww. Where will the poor bunnies go if you kick them out? I love
the idea of a pristine house. . .and don't. Knicknacks & gewgaws all have histories. Came from loved ones and former patients and students. Kept an orange papier mache giraffe my daughter made"to hang your bracelets and stuff on" until it literally fell apart. About a foot high. . .makes me smile even now. Sorry. Meant to say I got a real kick out of your poem {'case it isn't obvious}. Plan to print it and squeeze it into this furred and cob-webbed archeological dig. DID scrub off the wax build-up on some floors recently. Had t'climb a ladder!! T h a n k s, Reg. Now go make your peace with the bunnies. 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 3/24/2006
too funny. It's time for that spring cleaning, isn't it? hilarious and well done.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/24/2006
I'm smiling at this whimsical poem that has a touch of pathos amongst the humor...excellent write Regis! Thanks for sharing...

Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/24/2006
What would we do without our dust bunnies? Cute poem.

Reviewed by Michelle Mills 3/24/2006
Ah never cease to amaze and amuse me. Love it! Michelle
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/24/2006
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 3/24/2006
Just Think If All Everybody Was That Clean There Would Not Be Disease-Sickness-As Well As Evil Souls Humans Floating Carelessly Thru This Holy Hell World Destroying Killing Everything In Their Paths...

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/24/2006

Cute write; but please don't come to my apt. It is a mess! A clean mess, but still a mess! LOL Very well done; enjoyed~

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/24/2006

You wouldn't like my apartment...clutter. But clean clutter. LOL The dustbunnies 'round here are fat and happy, as am I.

Love this write--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/24/2006
Very cute write, Reg
Cleanliness is next to Godliness...:)
Watch them bunnies breed !
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/24/2006
Well done Regis.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 3/24/2006
I, too, am a fan of a sparkling house, Regis, but I will freely admit that dusting is my least favorite chore. Here in the desert where the humidity is lower than low, by the time I finish dusting, I need to go back and start over again. Cute write!
Take care,
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 3/24/2006
I'm guilty of holding a few bunnies hostage at times, myself. LOL
Excellent write. Thanks for sharing, Regis. ;)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/24/2006
the dust bunnies are blissful

Very good to hear, Regis, since I just joined the DBPL (Dust Bunny Protection League). I'd hate to have to send someone over to your home!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/24/2006
That's why I am glad I am a slob Reg, I let them not only stay but think I encourage their procreation so it absolves me from having to use too much of that brain space for real thought.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 3/24/2006
Love it! Your humor is enlightning this morning. You can write like this anytime and I'll read. With you the Dust Bunnies have a voice and suddenly it's easier to allow them their freedom.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/24/2006
Well I love animals and cushions you can sink into and texture but I get your drift, Regis. I think that a Japanese style interior would suit your mood at the moment-clean and uncluttered. This helps to still the mind. If only one room or a space in the garden. Dry wit with a meloncholy touch. I like this, Regis...

Love, Lin
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/24/2006
Pretty sad state of affairs when you let the dust bunnies rule, Regis.
Reviewed by A PAX 3/24/2006

but bunnies do multiply

pax A

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