Clean Laundry

taking in the sheets today the fresh air held me fast

I was in kitchens of my childood my mother standing there

her cold reddenened hands at work hanging and folding

our laundry from the line in cold Ontario air

 

for just a few minutes tonight I forgot where I was

pressing my face into fresh washed sheets

all I could think of was my mother

and precious fresh sheets sleeps

 

as I unraveled the tangled laundry

and hung the damp bedding up to dry

I had a little visit with my mother

and did my best not to cry

 

(it didn’t work)

(c) Janni Styles

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12 thoughts on “Clean Laundry

  1. Aw, the last bit in brackets is so touching xxxxxxxxxxxx Lovely work.

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  2. I see you hit the ‘romanticism’ button today. This has the quality of your slice-of-life stories.

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  3. [ The “Notify me of new comments via email.” tick box seems to have disappeared again! 😦 ]

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