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Monday is washday (NPM ’16-Day 12)

12 Apr
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The clothes-horse hangout (Photo by V. Nesdoly)

Monday is washday

Sunday night sees piles of clothes
segregated in lights and darks
reds and prints, huddled together
dreading the morning.

Machines go through their cycles
pour, churn, whirl, whir.
Monday air is sweet with dryer sheets
damp with clothes-horse hangouts.

A half hour in front of the TV
pairing, folding, and—Voila!
our closets and drawers
are fat and happy again.

The pant hangers
keep disappearing.
The ones that remain
too anemic to grasp heavy jeans

which will soon be replaced
in any case
by spring capris
and summer shorts…

What a strange power there is in clothing.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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This poem was inspired by yesterday’s prompt at NaPoWriMo and strives for the effect of “An abstract, philosophical kind of statement closing out a poem that is otherwise intensely focused on physical, sensory details.” I’m not sure I achieved it, but I tried. The ending statement of the poem is attributed to Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Objects, People, Personal

 

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2 responses to “Monday is washday (NPM ’16-Day 12)

  1. margaretsmn

    April 12, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    We are at the end of sweater season with temps getting close to 90 today, but your clothes horse looks a lot like mine on Sunday, full and dripping.

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  2. Violet Nesdoly

    April 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Close to 90!? Wow. But yay for clothes horses! I’d love to hang my laundry outside but it’s against the rules of our strata, so it’s good old indoor drying for our spring, not-too-cool, not-too-warm wear.

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