Carelessly Wet

Carelessly Wet

A Poem by Chris
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(a fun piece about a boring chore, pleased to say it is now dancing in the wind)

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look at yesterday's laundry
limp lethargic and totally lifeless
soaked to its thin saturated skin
.
looking disheveled droopy
hanging by pegs on a rotary line
dripping with drenched wetness
.
it couldn't get any wetter
i couldn't have made a better job
of ensuring so if i'd tried
.
there it is crying its eyes out
left out excluded in pouring rain
suffering indignity not so much pain
.
all because i lost the plot
forgot to bring it inside when
my carelessness cast it aside
.

© 2020 Chris


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................ I have this thing about laundry drying on a line .. I find it somewhat erotic ... I imagine those same garments would be less appealing if they were wringing wet .... sheets are my fave followed by pillow cases then it would be my old air force greatcoat and then ....

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Erotic Neville? Ha! You would have enjoyed watching this afternoon's show then. My smalls would have.. read more



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lol. i'm remembering when as a child i would hand my mother clothespins. my mum had a way of making the chore fun to amuse us. we would run to take the clothes in if rain was approaching or night was falling. a time of talking and being together. we would play all kinds of things around the clothesline. that pole sticking out of the ground was an almost sacred thing in our yard. many people don't even know as dryers have replaced it. nothing like the smell of line-dried clothes in their stiffness. when we brought the clothes in, they had such a fresh-air smell and oh when we wore them! you paint the experience of not getting them in before it rains so well. nothing worse than droopy wet clothes on the line though. this is the good stuff of life ... :)

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Pleased to bring you some happy memories Pete with this write about the mundane and ordinary. Yes, t.. read more
look at yesterday's laundry
limp lethargic and totally lifeless
soaked to its thin saturated skin....

for a moment I thought you were talking about me:/
I could say that first stanza a hundred times yes it is a silly subject matter but holy hot damn if that isn't just an amazing set of words! gorgeous gorgeous placement of words yum yum, yum
the zen of your writing is running on all cylinders Chris! I love how you use all of the tools in your writing voice

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you Bunny. Sometimes my muse picks the most mundane of subjects and says to me, do your best :.. read more
We no longer do it. we use the dryer, but I always found it interesting to see the various garments hanging by their clothespins on the line. To see them swirling about on a windy day. So much more poetic than to see them simply tumbling around and waiting for the bell to go off.
Thank you for the reminder Chris - take care - Dave

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

I don't use a clothes dryer anymore Dave. The washing goes out in all but the worse type of weather... read more
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From title i was except something erotic . I think it's can be erotic in abstract way. Or sexuality can be see anywhere . You are very gently describing how this job can be boring and exhausting. But it's almost like meditation or calming lament. It have impression of nature and connection to water. And like water this poem flowing into bigger ocean of meaning. P . S . I was wondering if you ever sing Bubbling and Splashing. I think it's quite soothing song for this kind of job.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you Martin for sharing your thoughts here. I listen to music alot, but you wouldn't want to he.. read more
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9 Months Ago

Thank you very much . I think I am also good singer like you .
Nowt gets past you as poetic raw material Chris. I like the crying its eyes out image. I shudder to guess your next offering. It does take imagination and poetic skill to make something out of an everyday activity. I would probably end up with a limeric k
All the best.
Ala.



Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thanks Alan, it:s fun to try and make something poetic out of the mundane. I appreciate you noticing.. read more
Wonderful poem in a painful time.I am very amazed to see that you could discover such a lively topic for a lovely poem during the Corona invasion.
Your carelessness resulted to a creative product.
Thank you Chris for the great imagination.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you zainul for your very generous and encouraging review. Pleased to see you on my page.
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The rotary line brought back memories of my grandmothers house. I don't think she ever used a dryer.

And now, you have to start all over again. Cool poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you James. Pleased my lines reminded you of your Grandmother and her laundry days. Good to see.. read more
Dripping wet clothes in the rain...I sort of agree that they can whip up some romantic imagery, dear Chris. Like when the boyfriend rushes out to collect the clothes seconds before the downpour and my mistress runs behind him. I just loved this lively, lovely poem 💕

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you Ditzy my favourite Kat. Trying to make something out of the mundane here. We all have our .. read more
I certainly relate, Christine. I once forgot I left a cardigan on the laundry line in winter. When i discovered it next morning it was completely frozen like a washboard. I like the personification of the laundry here, taking on a life of its own, crying tears out in that rain. Washing can sure be a troublesome chore sometimes.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Thank you Inessa, same thing happened to me a few years ago. A jumper frozen, quite amazing just how.. read more
Since we don't get a drop of rain for 8 months out of the year, I actually didn't read this as being "laundry in the rain" for the first half! I just thought you didn't wring your laundry out very much! But then I remembered how someone from the UK responded to my fire announcements by saying you folks were drowning in rain! Your power of observation in all your poems is top-notch & then you turn that into lively original descriptions about everyday relatable stuff! Amazing! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Chris

9 Months Ago

Hello Margie, you hit the nail on the head here. Trying to make poetry out of the mundane. We all ha.. read more

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