of what use
the attempts to dust the shelves
water the plants
straighten the pictures now hanging lopsided
tidying up

of what use
taking the time to explain (once again)
how to read
how to add and subtract
learning

of what use
making the bed
combing the hair
setting the table
simple routines

of what use
observing the passage of time
remembering a special day
they pass so quickly
keeping connections

of much use
the immense importance
maintaining normal
holding values
being faithful
speaking truth in love
when everything is falling apart

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