The Strong and the Weak

The Strong and the Weak

Pure white sheets on washing lines billow in the wind
like clouds moving swiftly across the blue-sky expanse
Strong yet soft to touch with a scent of freshness
Capable of many washings and bleaching
A high thread count, thick but cool on the skin
 
Fine, sensitive delicates are no longer hanging here
The past not easy to rinse away as the plain utilitarian cottons
These silky items are now handwashed gently with love
and left to dry flat, smoothing away any further wrinkles
Susceptible to damage, cared for and protected
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

De Jackson (aka Whimsy Gizmo) is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with the 'Laundry' and we may do it any
way we like.  He also gave us some 'washing' prompts to use
I chose to use three:  dry flat. wrinkles and fine delicates 
 

  22 comments for “The Strong and the Weak

  1. De Jackson
    March 30, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    So lovely. I can see this. I love this line, especially (and so true):
    “The past not easy to rinse away”

    • Christine Bolton
      March 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks De. I appreciate it ☺️

  2. March 30, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Nice parable between life and linen.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Yes, thank you. It was a funny prompt ☺️

      • March 30, 2021 at 11:05 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  3. March 30, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I really like your poem(s) The switch works very well. Great metaphors!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 30, 2021 at 10:59 pm

      You’re so kind Dwight. Thank you ☺️

      • March 30, 2021 at 11:03 pm

        :>) Thank you!

    • March 31, 2021 at 1:30 am

      We need those sturdy sheets and we need those delicates. I love your contrast.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 31, 2021 at 8:15 am

        Thank you Sarah! ☺️

      • March 31, 2021 at 10:12 am

        Thank you Sarah! I love the heavy sheets of the past. Good cotton. You can see through sheets today if you hold them up. We used to throw them out when they got as thin as they are today!

  4. March 31, 2021 at 4:22 am

    The past not easy to rinse away as the plain utilitarian cottons

    This line pierces my heart, Christine.

    <3
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Thank you so much David ☺️

  5. March 31, 2021 at 9:18 am

    This makes a great companion piece to your poem about human beings needing care labels 🙂

  6. Beverly Crawford
    March 31, 2021 at 11:03 am

    From the sheets to the delicates, all brought to life with skillful use of word. Great write!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you Beverly ☺️💕

  7. March 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    I think all laundry is more or less dirty (and it’s all because of its past)

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      That is a poetic statement right there! You are .right Bjorn

  8. March 31, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful poetry ❤🌹

  9. sanaarizvi
    March 31, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    This is incredibly potent! I love; “The past not easy to rinse away as the plain utilitarian cottons.”💝💝

  10. March 31, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    I so love this line: These silky items are now handwashed gently with love.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Grace ☺️

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