Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Die Hard




An empty pair of shoes!
Not any other clues!
And yet, because they're red,
There's a whole lot being said!
Yes! I might have guessed it!
Shedding of blood's suggested!
Where are the legs and feet
Or the body all complete?
There's a mosaic floor;
The sense of an opened door.
'Die-hard' is just a phrase
Meaning 'sticking to old ways',
But there's no hyphen here;
'Die Hard' suggests there's fear,
Murder, revenge and crime!
(And probably not in rhyme!)
The title's written small;
It's hardly there at all!
So, come on, take a look
Inside this exciting book!


Was it only in England that Washing Day seemed art,
An art in which I never really wanted to take part?
Was it only there that Washing Day seemed so reverential,
As something gloriously great and vitally essential?
Mother would wake on Mondays with a steely earnest look,
Not because she had to clean the house or even cook,
But because our clothes were dirty, well 'filthy' she averred,
And we tried to disagree with her but couldn't say a word!
There were blue bags, steaming coppers, starch, a whole array of tools,
For Washing was a skilled technique and one must obey the rules.
An air of damp pervaded every corner, every nook,
And the house, with her exertions, groaned and positively shook!
After the clothes were pounced upon and wrestled till they shone,
And the bleach had done its gruesome work and all the dirt had gone,
She had to do the rinsing, with a great amount of splashing,
And all the while, with obsessive glints, her steely eyes were flashing.
She then approached the mangle, with an air of grim defiance,
For the mangle was a nasty beast, much more than an appliance.
With a grand array of muscles, she turned the handle round,
While making sure the sheets were never dragging on the ground.
Then it was off to the clothes line where she hoped to catch a breeze,
While little flurries of English rain did what they could to tease.
It was in and out with the washing, dashing between the showers;
The ghastly, awful process seemed to carry on for hours.
But all the time she kept an eye on the line of 'her next door';
The battle of the Whitest Wash was just like a World War!
Finally, in the laundry basket, items were collected,
For Tuesday must be Ironing Day, traditionally respected.
Then, of course, we had the Monday Meal at dinner time;
Anything other than rissoles would have been a heinous crime!
She dumped them down in front of us, with a loud and weary sigh;
We didn't expect lightheartedness, but she didn't even try!
'I don't think that they're up to much' she often used to say;
'But after all, I can't be blamed!
Monday is Washing Day.'


EG CameraGirl said...

I am tempted to peak inside the covers of that book.

I'm glad Monday doesn't have to be wash day anymore.

Maria @ LSS said...

The art of washing isn't for me as well. ;)

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Mine's here.

dianasfaria.com said...

Your talent for putting words together is endless!
Thanks for entertaining us by always sharing something new.
: )

Kathe W. said...

so enjoyed your posts-kudos!

Carletta said...

The red shoes and black and white graphic are appealing to the senses.
I loved the movie with Bruce Willis.
Washday reminded me most of my Grandma; but my Mom to this day does her wash on Monday.

Unknown said...

the book looks interesting especially when someone as talented and poetic as you can jibe words rhythmically and beautifully...

Robin said...

Your poem really makes the book sound intriguing, and as for the second, I am feeling quite grateful for modern conveniences right now!

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