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Readers' Haikus

Bombay 18th January 2011

sunny 34 °C

Congratulations to the winners of the Washday Haikus competition. We judged all the entries to be winners. So, Dori, Gabriole, Harvey and Roy, pack up your smalls and send them to us, Poste Restante, at Varanasi Post Office. We bet you can't wait to see what they'll look like once they've been washed in the Ganges!

Beside the water
winter sun bleaches hard work.
Colours lay tranquil

prostrating over
lithe, green riverbank grasses
laundry prays to sun.

a brown river flows
laundry kisses green shrubs
covering steep slopes

Long lines of laundry
Watching shadows they whisper
Where are you going?

strung out on fenceline
clean bright colours of laundry
salute passersby.

a scatter of clothes
saris and kurtas salwars
colour the back yard

Mountain wind wonders
So much fabric to capture
gravel is waiting


Red and white and pink.
Fern adorned with women’s work.
Beauty, not grime, relief.

green leaves embracing
Patchworked in bits of linen
The wind is silent

hankies and dainties
airing on the side of caution
a laundry bouquet.

Posted by Hawkson 06:00 Archived in India

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The package is on the way. I decided to throw in all of Harv's shirts, pants and socks as well.
They do get everything soooo clean!
love ya's

by Sharron

Well done all poets. The imagery is so clean and fresh.

by Janet

Wonderful contributions from the conclave of poets. What a pleasure to read. A terrific tribute to My Beautiful Laundrette of another time.

by Tom

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