laundry 2: how to wash the moon

handwash only

gently gently

wring out a cloud –
a white one –
and warm the water
gently

add a handful of may,
or blackthorn,
or lilies
a pinch of starlight

lay the moon gently
gently in the bowl

let it soak
let it sink
let it rest
in the warm water

hold it up to the window
gently gently
use your fingertips
rub away

fear
pain
despair
grief

rinse the moon
in clear, cool water –
water from a running stream
a holy well
a tumbling rainbowing waterfall

hang it in the sky
to dry

A second laundry poem for Whimsygizmo at dVerse.

16 thoughts on “laundry 2: how to wash the moon

  1. This is absolutely stunning 😀 I love the idea of gently laying the moon in a bowl and washing it with; “a handful of may, or blackthorn, or lilies a pinch of starlight,” and to let it rest. *swoon*💝💝

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  2. “rinse the moon
    in clear, cool water –
    water from a running stream
    a holy well
    a tumbling rainbowing waterfall”

    Gorgeous.

    That twist at the end was very clever.

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  3. Both are absolutely marvelous. I miss the smell of sheets dried in the sun. The second poem is absolutely inspired. Wonderful!

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  4. I read this one first (assuming your 1st link was an error) and was soooo totally blown away, I had to go check #1, and am I GLAAAAD I did!!
    TWO masterworks! If I had to choose, I’d say I loved #1, but I’m totally ga-gaaaa over this one! You da BEST!

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  5. Beautiful!

    ‘rub away

    fear
    pain
    despair
    grief’

    Sometimes just looking at the moon can do all of these things, but to take it down, hold it in your hands and wash it must be pure delight!

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