The line strung between posts
doesn't sag dangerously close
to the ground anymore.
The heavy wet wrinkled washing
wrung out by the wringer doesn't
flap or snap. Clothespins put crimps
in sheet corners and made companions
of shoulder seams and Levi legs. Rules
were followed for correct
ways of hanging and attaching.
Jessie (Jesus) Viviana Victoria
Cota de Jose brought her
pins inside with every basket of
crunchy ritual. Noel didn't know
the rules or follow laundry protocol
when she ate the crotches, the all
important part, out of grandma's
underwear. How do you punish
a donkey who only leaves elastic
hanging lonely on the line with
a wooden clothespin? Hot
steam melts wrinkles flat
and sends donkeys to the
farthest back forty.
This is my grandmother's clothespin bag. I think a couple of the clothespins might have been her mother's. The Pacific Northwest is too quirky rain wise for hanging clothes. Unfortunately.
I played under her flapping sheets for hours using dropped magnolia pods for people.