by Estelle Bruno

In a big round pot, placed on top of the stove

she heated the water, added soap and dropped

all those diapers and clothes into it for her brood,

her dozen

then hung them out to dry on the clothesline

strung from her window to a tree.

The line couldn't hold all those clothes,

she had to wait for the sunshine to dry them.

Each morning it was push and pull.