George wasn’t sure
how he felt about
being referred to as a factotum.
Here he’d stayed devoted
even after their separation.
She had moved on
and married Max.
It was awkward at first,
and still swept the front,
brought her coffee every morning.
Then it came to her,
he would become her general factotum.
Jack of whatever it was she needed done.
It made perfect sense.
She could trust him,
he would do anything she said (or asked?),
and he wasn’t leaving anyway,
so why not put him to work?
“Idle minds are the devil’s pillow”,
When she remarried, George was still devoted.
Carrying her bags and getting the door.
At first her new husband was a little taken aback.
Then he just accepted it and used it to his advantage.
She would have George julienne the vegetables
and subdue the octopus.
And he would have George quietly wash his dishes.