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Dishes and Cloths

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Dishes and Cloths

Plates and saucers 
quietly in attendance 
behind the cupboard doors
lick their faded flowers
inside borders service nicked
as time ticks 
off the kitchen clock.

Pile smoothed dish towels
lie in neatly folded rows
as a checkered mate
doubles over the ice box
handle with nothing to dry
but a mother’s tears
for days gone by.

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  1. Date: 3/5/2014 6:13:00 PM
    Nice descriptions to add to the emotion. Nice choice of free style for this type of poem. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 9:57:00 PM
    So beautifully sad. I love the last three lines. What a great poem.

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 1:39:00 PM
    Kathy...Sad... moving... AND beutifully expressed! Love Terry (You haven't posted anything lately... hope everything's OK...But at least there are some 'old things' I can have a chance to catch up on! Like this one...)

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 9:34:00 AM
    Wow....another poem I wish I had written. The melancholy flavor is perfection, with sentiments that any empty- nester can fully understand. This subtle way of speaking........speaks to me. A lovely poem.

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 6:12:00 PM
    Isn't it funny that when we are hurting we tend to organize things... I used to stack change, quarters to dimes. There is solace in these simple acts... an attempt to bring order out of chaos. Your final seven words brought tears to my eyes...

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 7:43:00 AM
    loved this poignant write - very powerful indeed, my friend

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 8:48:00 AM
    Loving this free verse of yours..very warm and heartfelt!!