Lady, Cleaning

After spending the morning
in long sleeves and fleece pajama pants
scrubbing  mineral deposits off bathtubs,
I feel less critical of French maids
in their small, eye-catching attire
and think instead that maybe
they know a thing or two about

Heavy cleaning is best done naked,
wearing only socks
and possibly knee pads
to prevent slipping
in the puddles of sweat
that are bound to accumulate.