Cleanliness is next to godliness.
Everything must be scrubbed clean
before going into the washing machine
and spun dry before being hung high in regimented lines;
undies by the waist
shirts by the tail.
Hup, two, three, four.
It is best to hang washing out in spits of rain.
It is good exercise to put it in out and in
and out and in
Everything must be ironed out
sheets and shirts
socks and skirts,
everything but conflict.
Harsh words are best swept under the carpet
for the sake of peace.
Creases should only be visible in trouser legs.
Everything has its place
and there is a place for everyone
over the fence
on the doorstep
around the table.
Always make room for a vase of flowers
laughter and love.
Don’t forget to water the plants.
Daughters-in- law blossom with kindness.
Marriage requires constant attention
and special care.
Life is in the wear and tear.
Mend as you go.
a stitch in time saves nine
and a poem isn’t a poem if doesn’t rhyme.