Toting the scraps of a well-worn week

The pile of costumes rainbow hued

Down wooden steps with weight each does creak

Drudgery the overbearing mood


Pocket jingles with a horde of change

White metal workers fill each long wall

I hope there is no one a bit strange

The bane of having come here at all


Join the throng of the domesticized

Eyes glued to cell phone or tiled floor

Unrelated but amalgamized

Task the only reason they come for


The stagnant drone of machinery

People watching, time passes away

Such a chore it is to do laundry

What waste of morning Saturday


28 Responses to “Laundry”
  1. joyroses13 says:

    You summed that up so well! Great job.

  2. I am so glad that I am married and do not have to do laundry! Good work my friend, you’ve captured that dreary task so well, as an artist should.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Brings back memories!!!

  4. beth says:

    what a perfect turn of descriptive phrase

  5. Yes, laundry is definitely one of those tasks that ends up eating away a lot of hours in the day. Separate loads, fill washers, add detergent, insert coins in slot, press ‘start’. And then wait, bored but unable to get involved into other tasks, until the timer sounds. Remove clothes from washer, put into dryer. Insert coins in slot, press ‘start’ (wait, didn’t we just do that?). Wait recommended time for clothing to finish drying, fold/sort, take up those stairs and put away or hang up. To make you feel better, I have the same situation, but only one washer and dryer for the 6 apartments, so there have been times I’ve done twice as many steps and taken twice as long to do my laundry. The grass is always greener…..

  6. Jim Borden says:

    for whatever reason, I don’t mind doing the laundry. it’s a chance to have my mind wander aimlessly while doing the folding… but I will agree it’s much easier when you have a washer and dryer of your own…

  7. Not a waste if it produces produces posts like this one!

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow Brad you just put yourself in a laundry mat. What a cleaver piece about the task of doing laundry. It can be time consuming and not such a fun way of spending your day. However I too find the folding of the clothes to be relaxing. I love the way you describe the costumes. So cleaver. Your prose even does laundry proud. Hugs and love, Jonikins β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ’•

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    Nailed the image in my mindβ€”
    “Join the throng of the domesticized
    Eyes glued to cell phone or tiled floor.”

    Weird how some places that should be perfect for conversations somehow miss the mark.

  10. kristianw84 says:

    Only you could take something as mundane as doing laundry and turn it into poetry! So well done!!

    I got a lot of reading done while I waited for my laundry to finish. Now that I have my own washer and dryer, I do other household chores. Sigh, I prefer reading.

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