The Clothesline

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  1. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
    Just found this. Brought back some memories (even though I still use my clothesline!)


    A clothesline was a news forecast
    To neighbors passing by.
    There were no secrets you could keep
    When clothes were hung to dry.

    It also was a friendly link
    For neighbors always knew
    If company had stopped on by
    To spend a night or two.

    For then you'd see the fancy sheets
    And towels upon the line;
    You'd see the company table clothes
    With intricate design.

    The line announced a baby's birth
    To folks who lived inside
    As brand new infant clothes were hung
    So carefully with pride.

    The ages of the children could
    So readily be known
    By watching how the sizes changed
    You'd know how much they'd grown.
    It also told when illness struck,

    As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
    Haphazardly were strung.

    It said, "Gone on vacation now"
    When lines hung limp and bare.
    It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
    With not an inch to spare.

    New folks in town were scorned upon
    If wash was dingy gray,
    As neighbors raised their brows,
    And looked disgustedly away.

    But clotheslines now are of the past
    For dryers make work less.
    Now what goes on inside a home
    Is anybody's guess.

    I really miss that way of life.
    It was a friendly sign
    When neighbors knew each other best
    By what hung on the line.
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  3. Mini

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    I love to hang out my washing and get it dried in the sun...

    But mostly in the winter time it goes in the tumble dryer.

    Lovely poem Karion.:)
  4. Russiandoll

    Russiandoll Carpe diem

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    Awww - how sweet! I have another couple of verses though, based on my own experience of washing day ...

    You could alway tell if the pegging was done
    by the female of the pair
    all neatly arranged in a tidy row
    and hung out with great care

    if, instead, the clothes were hung
    to resemble a jumble sale
    You can bet your bottom dollar
    they were hung out by the male!
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