Music Prompt #27: “Trouble in River City” from the musical “The Music Man”



There was trouble there was no doubt,

For in a house of men there were issues

Where cleaning was concerned.

There was trouble brewing,

Concern growing and a lot of worry.

Dusting was not high on any agenda

As for polishing, what’s that you say?

For the mites came and went as they pleased

The tracks through the grime

Like jungle paths of creeping lantana

Never bothered the boys but the mites complained

As it slowed down their mitiness

And they dreaded the day the duster came out

And upset their cultured ecosystem.

There was trouble there was no doubt

For the bathroom was no better,

It was a place to be scrubbed clean

How could it get so grubby?

When constantly water flowed?

The toilet itself was another issue

As boys who don’t take care

Splash and drip and leave their mark.

There was trouble there was no doubt

When the woman came to stay

Looked about and announced most clear

“This just wont do.

I’m not placing my china best

Upon this dusty shelf

And I certainly wont be placing my derriere

Upon this filthy seat.”

Trouble had in fact come to stay

So cleaning clothes and dusters many

Were sent into the fray.

Surfaces cleaned and faces gleamed

Mirrors shined and toilets discovered

And Trouble smiled and said

“Dear boys I knew you could all do it.”

In a dark corner in a dark room

The mites gathered and plotted a plan

Dust to dust and mites are mites

They chanted into the dark

Just as Trouble surface sprayed.


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15 Responses to Music Prompt #27: “Trouble in River City” from the musical “The Music Man”

  1. I enjoyed your poem, Michael 🙂 trouble, indeed!

  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Ah, this is a wonderful perspective on trouble Michael 🙂 one which each of us face in our own home. Especially love the closing lines. Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

  3. When women enter the picture, there’s always trouble. 😀

  4. Mandy says:

    Lol, can’t help laughing for I can only imagine a house full of men. Might I suggest hiring a cleaning crew before the woman comes to stay? 😀

    • Ha, you think we couldn’t do it? You jest dear lady I am sure, any full blooded male can swing a duster as good as any half blooded male……but boys will be boys sadly when it comes to toilets……heheheheehe…..thank you Mandy always pleased to provide you with a giggle….

      • Mandy says:

        I know as a fact any man can wield a duster and mop and toilet brush equal to any woman–problem is they don’t see quite as well sometimes, and aren’t as offended quite so easily, lol. Providing laughs comes quite easy for you, Michael, and I do thank you for that 🙂

      • Always my pleasure…..

  5. Lori Carlson says:

    I love those troublesome dust mites! Clever poem, Michael… works well with the prompt!

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