Today is Ground Hog Day

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

I am visiting my sister-in-law in Providence, Rhode Island, where the “Arctic Chill” is in full force! But the sun is shining and the wind is not whistling, so I am not complaining. It’s Groundhog Day, so maybe we will see Spring soon!

Here is a poem I wrote while looking out the kitchen window at the empty clothesline in the backyard:

 

 

Ode to a Lonely Clothesline

A naked clothesline shivers in the February freeze,

Barely moving, like a silent breeze.

Does anyone hang wash outside on a wintry day,

or are dryers busy rumbling and tumbling away?

Wet wash in winter often hung* on our basement line—

no automatic dryer to ease Mom’s daily whine

of clothes piled high on the cold, gray floor;

waiting their turn, there was always more!

Endless mounds of not-so-dirty clothes—

A nod to “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” I suppose.

 

*My sisters and I often helped Mom hang clothes ( outside)on the clothesline in winter. We brought them in frozen and let them “melt” indoors. I write about this in my 2018 book, For the Love of Clotheslines, which is available on Amazon.

 

 

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