I did not plan
For the baby bottle
To leak
All over her shirt
At 6:15 this morning.

I did not plan
To have the dogs bark
As soon as she
Fell asleep
In my lap.

I did not plan
To sneeze
My startlingly loud sneeze
As soon as she
Had mercifully fallen back
Into her mid-morning nap.

I did half-heartedly plan
To see the total solar eclipse
Though I knew
The odds of her napping
And of the ever-present
Morning clouds parting
Would make those plans
Unlikely.

I did not plan
To take her diaper off
At the very moment
She let out a full stream
Of urine
Onto the changing pad,
Though the waterproof cover
Fulfilled its promise.

I did plan
To get some planning done
For the upcoming classes
I will teach in a week.
Though the plan
To plan fell through.

I did not plan
To see JoJo
Vomit up her dinner
Minutes after
She finished the special
Salmon skin.

I did not plan
To pour boiling water
Directly onto my left foot
As I attempted
To soak my feet
In the post-bath waters,
Though I have
Poured boiling water
Near my feet
Most nights
For the last month.

I will not plan
For all of the above
To happen tomorrow,
Though something unplanned
Shall certainly occur.

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