by Gwendolyn Brooks
Kitchenette Building Poverty Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Had time to warm it, keep it very clean, (9)
We mentioned before that this line, though talking about a dream, bears a striking resemblance to how you'd take care of a child. That's no coincidence. Taking care of a kid is no easy feat anywhere, but especially in the impoverished conditions of the kitchenettes.
Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now,
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it. (12–13)
When you're poor and living in a kitchenette, you do not have your own private powder room where you can unwind at the end of a long day with a bubble bath. Bathrooms were usually shared with many families. Never mind the spa treatment. You'd be lucky to have enough hot water to get clean.