Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mt. Laundry

Mt. Laundry looms above me
All shades of off-white and mud brown
Grass stains on lace
Socks dangling limp and grey from the summit.

I stare up at it and plant my feet
And with a sigh, prepare to haul myself
to the top once more.

Past the grubby T-shirts I climb
Over the towels used to wipe dog feet
clotted with mud
Past the unreported ketchup stain
on the white jeans
And finally, perspiring heavily as I brush
socks from behind my ears
I collapse, having reached the top.

With a howl of triumph,
I stab my flag into the soiled ground.
Mt. Laundry has been conquered--solo!
But in three days
It will rise again...

4 comments:

naturalgal said...

Hi Jazz,
Yes, the laundry is another thing that you can do slowly, one load at a time. Instead of letting it go until you have no choice.(Like diets versus lifestyle change) That is what Flylady recommends. I fell off the wagon this week. I used to do on load every day. This works only if you have a wash machine on site. Mine is in an icky old cellar so it is not the most fun to do.

Jazz said...

Naturalgal--
I should try to get in the habit of doing a load a day...I do okay getting it in the washer and getting it dried...but it all falls apart when it comes to folding! Folding five loads really is like climbing a mountain!

naturalgal said...

Jazz,
Flylady.net calls this Mt. Washmore. You can see some of her suggestions here:
http://www.flylady.net/pages/FlyLaundryQuandry.asp

She does talk about how doing the laundry means doing the whole thing from washing to putting away.

She teaches you how to make it bearable.

By the way, that's a cute poem.

Jazz said...

I will have to check that out. I can't imagine anything making it more bearable!