"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Haiku Challenge Day #28 ~ Laundry Goddess


I got my blog title from my oldest daughter. When she was in grade school she came home with a drawing. I asked her what it was about. She informed me it was a picture of me doing laundry. She also informed me the teacher had asked the class do a drawing of what their mothers did for a living. Well, I didn’t do laundry for a living although it seems I was always doing it. My daughter also shared the pictures had been displayed on the wall of their classroom. I could just see it. My drawing hung next to “My Mommy the Doctor” or “My Mommy the Lawyer.”  I decided to make the best of it and proclaimed myself as the deity, Laundry Goddess.


laundry confessions
a poetic potpourri
scattered through verses



Lift Your Pen

I know not the inspiration
when I sit down to write.
It may be the words
spoken in a photograph,
the melody of a wind chime,
the moon outside my window.
All I know is what
my spirit whispers.

life is a poem
just waiting to be written
lift your pen and speak



©Susie Clevenger 2012
Photograph: Iowa State 
29 Days of 29 Haiku
Theme: Your Blog Name


17 comments :

Chèvrefeuille said...

Wonderful story Susie. Love the haiku very much.

sonsylass said...

Wonderful story, Susie (that I can relate to!) and wonderful poems too!

p.s. there's a fab Scottish play called 'The Steamie' set in a communal laundry and featuring ladies just like the ones in your photograph

Laura said...

and I thought MY mother was the Laundry Goddess!

Grace said...

Interesting how you named your blog....Very nice haiku and poem ~

Life is a poem...always lift your pen..you shine ~

Asni said...

Love the story behind the name. The haiku and free verse are just as awesome. Especially love your last message "life is a pen, just waiting to be written, lift your pen and speak." Enjoyed reading them.

Mama Zen said...

I love the story of how you got your blog name!

The haiku and accompanying poem are excellent.

Ellecee said...

"lift your pen and speak" You do this so well Susie. Love your story and the photo too.

vivinfrance said...

I love the story, and the reasoning behind the blog name. The poems are heartfelt and just lovely.

Pranali Kadam said...

Ah!Motherly Pride.I'm glad you took it as inspiration.
I loved your Verse,It tells about your simple,mundane Inspirations which is a wonder in itself.
A Great Poet seldomly needs great inspirations,He/she seeks it in the mundaneness of Life.

'life is a poem
just waiting to be written
lift your pen and speak'

I also liked the note on which you end your verses,imprinting inspirations!
I'm happy to read the reason for your Blog name.
Thank you Susie :)

Lolamouse said...

Ah, yes. I can relate. Sometimes I do feel like all I do is wash clothes and cook! I'm definitely NOT a goddess at it, though!

I love your second poem. Life is a poem-love that!

br!nDle said...

i am wordless...and i really loved the storyline including your haiku...:)

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Wonderful words!

Ramesh Sood said...

Excellent..doesn't matter from where it comes.it's good that it comes.. well done..RS:)

beccagivens said...

Kudos to your Laundry Goddess ~~ your inspiration overflows like .... hmmm ... too many suds in the washer (couldn't resist) :) ... thank you for sharing! Here is my Day 28.

Brian Miller said...

life is a poem waiting to be written...how true that is...love how you got your name as well...ha

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Hilarious! And thanks to your daughter for seeing the Real True You! :)

Magical and Mystical

Someone is Special said...

Interesting Susie.. Great story too...

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