Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Mag -#252 Suds in the Bucket

"To keep the air fresh among words is the secret of verbal cleanliness."  - Dejan Stojanovic





There was the day
you could judge if you may
your neighbor's way
by the clothes on their line.

Our laundry hung on the line
underwear and all.
T-shirts that swore 
how dirty you were
or weren't by day.

Our laundry hung on the line
exposed our close kept secrets 
every single day.
We kept track of who
 had clothes on the line.

Or who
may have moved away.
If you were 
a clothesline detective at all
you knew the every who
and what of everyone's day.

Today, not so much the case
as most laundry lines-
dirty business and all 
are kept inside
and off the line


Kay said...

just hanging out the dirty laundry!!..loved it..x

TexWisGirl said...

yup, i remember those days. we always hung sheets and towels on the outer lines and kept the 'delicates' on the interior ones to 'hide' from view. :)

Filip and Kristel said...

For me the second washing line is the best.


EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, the good ol' days when the neighbours knew all. :))

Debbie said...

I always hung my sheets on the line, I loved the way they smelled. I have not done that in years and would NEVER hang the bloomers out to dry!!!

Leovi Leovi said...

Yeah, sure you can make accurate portrait of who wore clothes!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Love those pictures! Was a time you could tell what your neighbors were up to by what was hung on the line.
Love clothesline detective!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Until I was in 2nd grade, we lived in a Virginia suburb with a big yard. I'd forgotten about the clotheslines full of clothes for mom, and dad, and us kids!

The Blog of Bee said...

You brought back clothes line memories to me!! Billowing linen with middle line hidden! Not that there were holes in our undies!!

Kathe W. said...

and in some neighborhoods clothes lines are not allowed...guess those folks must have lots tohide! nicely done!

Anonymous said...

so true!

sage said...

Nice--and I am in one of those neighborhoods that clotheslines are not allowed, but I love to sun dried clothes and sheets

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Kilroy was here.

Karen S. said...

My mother had one like forever then they moved to a neighborhood that wouldn't allow it!

Karen S. said...

I'm still in a place where it's allowed! WooHoo!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Be assured that Sara Evan's song will be included in our ATF series later on.

Kutamun said...

Im glad tou chose to air this dirty linen in public !

Janaki Nagaraj said... more dirty linens. Nice take on the prompt.

Tess Kincaid said...

I long for the good old days...