Peggy Vierra Link (1923-2004) Wash Day, 2009, Oil
If soap could wash
their sins away,
I would never use it.
This line isn’t free
or the pins that
hold us to it.
I’m waiting for some
but I won’t fly.
I will put on my second hand best,
leave my footprints in their cotton,
and walk straight backed into glory.
It doesn’t matter how hard
you scrub a stain, dirt has memory.
Truth will always return to the blood.
©Susie Clevenger 2017