Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #130
(posted by Mish)

"Today, I give you the word …..


as a verb:

to cause (something) to become messily smeared by rubbing it.


a blurred or smeared mark on the surface of something

Build me a smudge-proof
house, where fingerprints
hide, and paw prints 
do not smudge
glass doors.  Upon 
moving in, we saw
smudgy-pudgy finger 
swipes in ice-pop hues
dotting refrigerator.
I’d love a dust-proof
house, but would settle
for smudge-proof.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Smudge-free

  1. So true. There’s no house so nice it won’t get messed up by dirty, sticky fingers.


  2. Those smudges on the fridge annoy me as well! Always cleaning…


  3. Ingrid says:

    The house can never be as smudge proof as the people and other animals you share it with aren’t!


  4. Sara, I would love to have a dust-proof house! Jerusalem has a lot of dust! This poem really made me smile 🙂



  5. The struggle of every parent… with the goal of raising the child to clean their own messes (I’m still trying).


  6. Mish says:

    We can always dream! I love the rhythm in this…”smudgy-pudgy finger
    swipes in ice-pop hues”


  7. I think there is nothing smudge-free, but there are surfaces where it’s more visible


  8. Helen Dehner says:

    A witty Quadrille …. love it! Smudges, fingerprints and all.


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