Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

Poetry Friday: Laundry


I do the laundry in our house. Not very well and not very gracefully. I am a grouchy laundry troll. This poem makes me consider the hidden beauty of clean clothes and starting off fresh each day.

by Ruth Moose

All our life
so much laundry;
each day’s doing or not
comes clean,
flows off and away
to blend with other sins
of this world. Each day
begins in new skin,
blessed by the elements
charged to take us
out again to do or undo
what’s been assigned.
From socks to shirts
the selves we shed
lift off the line
as if they own
a life apart
from the one we offer.
There is joy in clean laundry.
All is forgiven in water, sun
and air. We offer our day’s deeds
to the blue-eyed sky, with soap and prayer,
our arms up, then lowered in supplication.

Gorgeous. I cannot resist a poem about an ordinary thing, seen anew. I discovered this poem at Poetry Foundation. I want to find more Ruth Moose poems now (but I still don’t much feel like dealing with that laundry mountain…).

(Lovely laundry picture by clarity).