Cleanliness Is Close To/God All Around Me
Cleanliness is close to
Godliness, is far from
Where I came from is
Closer to where I started.
When I was growing up I had
A clean, godly home.
I had clean clothes and chores and
Laundry days and a purpose.
I would vacuum and I would
Make my bed with clean sheets once a week
And I would cook dinner for my family.
When I started dating people
I always kind of assumed
That they had even better lives at home.
That they did their chores even faster
Because, well, I dunno.
I just assume everyone is better than me all the time
Because when they are
I get to learn!
Anyway, the dating pool
Is not filled with people
Who are close to god.
In fact, none of my exes
Have ever had a close relationship with god
I’m the one who knows about him and is
At odds. The rest just kind of grew up
Some other way, I guess.
I don’t know how you all grew up
I only know what I dealt with.
Now that I’ve lived with people
Who do not understand
Is close to godliness
Regardless of whether or not you’re religious—
I realize that perhaps
That should be the no. 1 characteristic on my list.
Problem is I don’t really want to get
That close to god, I just like knowing where everything is
And sleeping in clean sheets on a regular basis.
Both big breakups required a purge—
Both big breakups were with human turds.
Nobody cleaned nobody helped nobody noticed
The trash on the floor they left and
To me, now I understand
That’s a big deal, and it’s also
A big tell.
If they can’t take care of themselves
Or their own things
Or your things —
You need to break up with them.
Your stuff is basically you
To them, so pay attention.
Now that I’m alone I am
So genuinely happy, with my house
Made to order, clean and orderly —
God all around me.