Sunday, November 5, 2017

What do You Carry?

24th January

Everywhere seems to have snow today ,but here in Herne Bay we just have grey skies and cold...

A poem from a few years ago. 

5th Nov 2017 

It's so cold today. I've got four layers on but my fingers and feet are still like polar ice.

What are we carrying ? Do we feel it to be burdensome? Could we let go of some things,  rearrange others ? Are we weighed down and would we like to feel somewhat lighter? These are some of the questions that came to my mind with a particular poem we pondered at the Poetry for Wellbeing workshop that I attended last week.

It was interesting what came up . I remembered a time when I had all the children at home. I was always chasing my tail trying to keep up with everything and had an enormous pile of ironing which , no matter how hard I worked, I never seemed to get to the end of .
So this poem came out of that:

The Ironing

And the whole pile is slipping,
it'll end up on the floor
it'll get all dirty 
and I'll have to do more
My husbands shirts
ten or twelve
my four son's school uniform
trousers - cotton
the girls skirts - pleated.
It's the first thing I see
when I enter the room,
this mighty monster
prophet of doom
looking at me,
goading me
daring me
I'm not going anywhere
until you make
time to get round to me
I'll keep you awake
But today I've decided
I'll not do it anymore
for all I care,
It can fall on the floor
Ah no, that's no good
let's fold it neatly
 put it away
get rid of the bully 
yes, that's the way.
Right, clear the table
and away we go,
a pile for each person
they'll never know
And before I know it 
the jobs all done.
Now, time for a cuppa
and a currant bun


  1. Ha! The ironing!
    When I tell mothers of one or two that I don't iron any more, they look at me with a weird look.
    I gave up ironing a long time ago. When I discovered the boys didn't really care and if I folded things neatly right after drying, they were quite presentable!
    Once the little ones started to grow, I had a bit more time and started ironing dresses and such. And then I had to start work again, as well as heal a broken psyche and try to not let my ex get to me through the kids. Let's just say the ironing board hasn't come out in close to a year. I am Ok with it as is.

    One day, when I have some time to breathe again, maybe I'll get back to it. As is, I'm struggling with regular house chores. Ironing is far from my mind!

    Thank you for making me feel less alone! :)

  2. I too am one who has given up on ironing. I loved your poem - it expresses how my life used to be perfectly. I also like the way visually it angled down as though it was dragging you down where at the bottom it evened out and relaxed. I'll have that currant bun now.


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