dVerse — Poetics — out to dry

Intentional Living Art Print

shirt arms flap
signal help
cool lips sip
tea and watch
      
towels snap
racing wind
hard fibers
on smooth skin


dainties blush
near jock straps
on the line
still strangers


oh cee dee
lines them up,
fresh, clean, and
clipped just-so


birds choose which
clean target
to dive-bomb
one load per


the two cats
supervise
to make sure
they’re hung right

 

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De Jackson (aka whimsygizmo) is today’s dVerse Poetics host. De says:
Today, I want us to write laundry poems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Ha.. I love the bloomers and the jock-straps meeting for a little tryst on the clothesline… so fun

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  2. kim881 says:

    Looking at your poem sideways, the short lines and stanzas remind me of washing pegged on a line, Lisa! I love the idea of the shirt arms signalling for help, the dainties blushing near jock straps, and the cats supervising sounds about right. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Love what you saw with it sideways. Thanks much, Kim.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. whimsygizmo says:

    I especially LOVE that “oh cee dee” and all those fabulous laundry sounds. Snap!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, De!

      Like

  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is such a delightful, delightful poem 😀 I love; “dainties blush near jock straps on the line still strangers.”💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sanaa 🙂

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  5. This is lovely – the laundry so beautifully personified – and the supervising cats.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sarah, thank you, glad you enjoyed them.

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  6. Ingrid says:

    I think laundry is the perfect subject for a Slimverse! I loved the details of the blushing dainties near the jock straps and:
    ‘oh cee dee
    lines them up,’
    made me smile 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Ingrid. I had fun writing these.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. ghostmmnc says:

    I used to hang laundry on the clothesline, and remember how the breeze can make them snap, and the nice fresh smell when you bring them in. Your poem is fun and brings back good memories. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks. Glad good memories came back to you with it, Barbara 🙂

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  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    This is marvelous, and the humor is perfection. My mother and her friends vied for the whitest sheets. It was a competition!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Beverly! Glad it brought back fun memories for you. I remember my grandma had a big tub that she’d pour boiling water into for the whites. She also used washboards to wash with. I still have one of them. My mom used a wringer washer. Both always hung the clothes on the line. I have a washing machine (and dryer) but I still hang clothes on the line ❤

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  9. Grace says:

    I so love how each stanza tells a snippet of a scene specially:

    dainties blush
    near jock straps
    on the line
    still strangers

    But no to those birds doing a dive bomb, smiles.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Grace.

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  10. A delightful painting… and I do mean your poem although the artwork so perfect for it too. I love all the detail. The cats, the birds, the clothes themselves. It’s really delightful. Like a scene out of a play.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much and glad you enjoyed the slimverse series.

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  11. 😀 This brought a smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to make you smile, Ken 🙂 Thank you.

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  12. I love how the cats are watching over it all, most likely with a bemused and confused expression. Fantastic Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mlady and Dotty are used to my mysterious (to them) actions and roll with it pretty well. Thanks, Linda!

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  13. What fun in your yard Lisa! I love the birds dive bombing ☺️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Christine!

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  14. Sadje says:

    Love this poem Li. A beautiful visual created, as if I’m right there.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  15. memadtwo says:

    The snapping towels…I’d forgotten those. I loved helping my mother hang the laundry. It’s still a beautiful sight, though rare these days. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad these brought those memories back to you, K. I learned that some places have enacted ordinances against it. Can you imagine that?! Unreal what they try to legislate sometimes.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Yes, my younger brother lives in one of those communities. They have to keep their garbage cans out of sight unless it’s garbage day too. He was quite indignant, but it turns out you can’t fight city hall or you get fined.

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  16. kaykuala h says:

    clean target to dive-bomb
    one load per the two cats
    supervise

    There seems to be a hide-and-seek dilemma between the two to see how effective each of them to be. Love the humour Jade!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL glad they made you smile, Hank 🙂

      Like

  17. birds choose which
    clean target
    to dive-bomb
    one load per

    I loved this & the cats 😀

    So cute!


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed them, David, thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Mubashshira Rahman says:

    You painted such a sweet little picture!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much 🙂

      Like

  19. Xan says:

    How would we get anything done without the cats to supervise!

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  20. merrildsmith says:

    Such a fun poem–I love the cats supervising at the end! 😀
    I don’t hang clothes outside–it would certainly be visited by the birds.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you enjoyed the poem, thanks! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome!

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  21. rothpoetry says:

    I love you poem! The story of skivvies and jock straps and birds plopping on a sheet. Great memories!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed the story, Dwight. Thank you.

      Liked by 2 people

  22. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I miss this so much…I remember the smell when mom took them off the line.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to bring those memories back to you, Max.

      Liked by 1 person

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