Peg

The clothes pegs snap into place

a force that is reliable

keeping clean things safe when the winds blow

tugging at the fragility of the flimsy

the weak and pliable

Your green dress with the daisies flutters against your young mother legs

hair askew and sweat like dew across your forehead

babies crying in the bathwater

wanting out

wanting to be warmed by your maternal fire

and the day is fat and lazy

it lumbers by minute by minute

a tinge of yesterday’s grief hiding in sullen corners ignored

but the sky is still reflected in your eyes

not a setting sun for hours yet

just blue on blue

like the record playing through it’s scratch

Bobby Vinton’s voice a treacherous lie

a lullaby snake whispering you into the sleep of denial

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Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

6 thoughts on “Peg”

  1. Wow, I really like this. Very vibrant and lively. I especially like the lines:

    “Your green dress with the daisies flutters against your young mother legs
    hair askew and sweat like dew across your forehead”

    Wonderful write. I will be diving into your archives later for sure!

  2. I went cold reading the line about babies crying in the bathwater… not sure if it has to do with don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater? I love that the ‘day is fat and lazy’ nice description – depression? and especially your last line, temptation… Very nice, Val!

    1. This was about a girl I met a long time ago, she had a terrible life and yes, depression was a hill she had to climb each day while caring for her babies. 😦
      You are very clever Denise with the babies and bathwater connection, that is what I was I was pointing to! 🙂

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