Hanging Out the Clothes

8 Jan

My Take

DiVoran Lites


Author, Poet and Artist




Hanging Out the Clothes 1950


Painting by DiVoran Lites from Go West


Under the clothesline.

Light layer of snow on the ground

Mother bends down and reaches up

Bends down and reaches up

She tells me this is how the cord

Got wrapped around my neck

Before I was born


She teaches me how to hang clothes on the line

I like the pinching clothespins best

But we still have some old wooden ones

From which you can make dolls with round faces

We only have so many clothespins

Use only one to clip like things together

Shirts, Towels, jeans, dresses, sock,

A lone sock requires its own clothespin

Oh-oh, here’s dad’s boxer shorts

Upside down or by the waist?

When it’s time to take them in

Everything has frozen

The boxers stand on the table

It’s the perfect time to start ironing

But day is done and shadows fall

3 Responses to “Hanging Out the Clothes”

  1. Onisha Ellis January 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    When our son Matt left Florida for college he kept complaining that his jeans wouldn’t dry. I thought he was just angling for a dryer. Then we visited him and he was right… they didn’t get dry hanging out on the line!


  2. Cristian Mihai January 8, 2018 at 5:46 am #

    Beautiful poem.



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