Doing dishes

Her worry moment is doing dishes
when her children pass her mind one by one,
every dirty plate another problem
she rinses quickly. The crockery floats,
tea cups seem boats on a foamy ocean
but she won’t get distracted. She rinses.
The knives are the first to come out shining,
stains can go if the effort is thorough.

She sees possibilities. Another school?
Next the spoons and forks emerge brightly too.
But the plates need a soak. Her thoughts ponder.
Money is tight, she will be creative.
Ideas of how to make money come by.
The water spirals its way in the sewer,
she is done, she had a good think. Some new
dirty cups already pile up in the sink.

Comments on: "Doing dishes" (8)

  1. Utterly takes my breath away. Perfect! I was/am the mother of 4 kids in 4 years (now wonderfully in their 30’s). But I was the woman at that sink – for a long, long time. And, again, the very lightest touch of rhyme that just pulls the piece together like music – done with words.

    • Hi Wendy , thank you very much πŸ™‚ I think the best time for solving problems is during the dishes. That way, hanging out the laundry can be more fun πŸ™‚

  2. But at least her hands are warm.

  3. This reminded me of my mom – she is not much of a housekeeper, but she is always doing dishes (even if there is just a few in the sink). Love the way you capture ordinary moments and make them extraordinary. XO β™₯

  4. πŸ™‚ thank you! My mother would also do dishes like that. I am more of a collector I think πŸ™‚ β™₯

  5. The endless kitchen sink meditations – you tell them so well and I know them so well – we eat, we clean – repeat until the world ends…

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