by Renita Boyle ~ in memory of Mum Boyle ~ Day 8 napowrimo2014 Posted in moments, love

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.


Renita Boyle


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