Laundry Line (Americana Poetry)


My grandparents lived in a “ticky tacky” house in San Francisco when I was a kid. I remember the long cord that went out from the house to the telephone pole. I used to love pulling the cord and making the laundry fly free. I was always surprised that anything would dry in the cold moist S.F. fog.

I pushed you out each morning

pulled you at the end of light

you faithfully held my clothes

thru morning, noon,  and night

***

I let you stand alone at times

you’ve been my faithful friend

my husband’s jeans

the baby’s frock

were fresh because you’d spin

***

But I was sold a bill of goods

a large white metal box

it took up space

saved some time

and noise -there was lots

***

It would change the world

of this I’m certain now

energy has gone sky-high

we weren’t thinking

the day we took you down

*******************

Thanks to my friend Emily

you can see other fine photography at

www.emilywierenga.com

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

12 thoughts on “Laundry Line (Americana Poetry)

  1. We always dried our clothes out on the line to save energy costs when I was a kid. Now that I’m married, we take the easy way out and dry ’em in a clothes dryer.

    Now, washing them… that’s a different beast altogether. We go down to the river, rinse ’em and beat ’em on a rock.

    Well, no, not really, but it makes us sound like model eco friendly citizens of earth, doesn’t it? 😉

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    1. I’m thinking those rocks wore clothing out quickly. I personally dry all my clothes in the laundry room. My clothes last much longer and dont fade

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  2. Aaah.. loved the end.. poignant…
    The gadgets we use these days makes you think back on the old-time easy-and-natural stuff!!! (sigh)
    I suppose there is always a bunch of pros and cons to everything… I wonder what makes us strike this “odd” balance! 🙂 Time (or lack of it), I suppose..

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  3. I remember clothes lines in my grandmother’s yard….isn’t it funny that now they try and sell us products that promise to capture that outdoor smell…very refreshing poem.

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