I decided to use the holiday season as an excuse to post one of my own poems. I wrote this poem as a reflection on a “normal” life when so much of my life is far from normal. Enjoy.
Get excited about next Monday because at long last we will be hearing from the hot dog lady. Tell your friends!
The Everyday joy of folding laundry
by Samantha Albert
Switch of the wrists,
Shake out the t-shirt
Not exactly a work of art
Symmetry has never been my strong point
I’ve never been able to cut a potato into evenly sized pieces
My laundry has cleanliness on its side,
A very satisfying feature
To see stacks of clean laundry
Even if it all looks slightly rumpled
Laundry is something you can accomplish,
You can control
You can finish
(at least for a day)
When life begins to feel unpredictable,
On shaky ground
When the future is not going to be the future that you had planned
And you don’t know yet what it will hold
Laundry can be so comforting
Pass me another t-shirt.