Recently I bumpted into a web site containing a poem entitled “Remembering Mom’s Clothesline” that was very well written. I have no idea who the author of this poem is, but I hope they don’t mind my posting it on my blog for others to enjoy. The photograph is an image I captured several months ago.
In Panama people hang their clothes on their backyards clothes lines to dry. Electric dryers are almost non existent in this part of the world.
To complement this shot, I decided to include a lovely poem about this long time tradition in many parts of the world.
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 cloths”
With intricate design
The line announced a baby’s birth
From 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 also said, “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 and gray
As neighbors carefully raised their brows
And looked the other way
But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much 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 out on that line
After the clothes are dry, they are sent to a Chinese dry cleaners nearby where all their wrinkles are removed. The next phase is to hang them again inside our closet, waiting to be worn. And so the cycle repeats itself until the clothes are eventually donated to the church for charity. Good Day.