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Added by: Wendell Winter
Maybe it was the image of the water, and the thought of how cold that water must have been on his hands as he plunged the items of clothing into what must have been a somewhat unpleasant tub of cold, (used?), water.
It took a kind of courage, boldness, and sense of purpose to do this, I'm sure, with the assurance that whenever whoever owned the clothes found them, finally, that they must have thought deeply..." Who would DO such a thing? They must have been very lonely"...
Added by: A woman
The "author" is a man, no doubt, because a woman would do it without giving it a second thought -- not out of loneliness -- out of a matter-of -fact-of-social responsibility. (Unless their name was Daisy, perhaps.)
And it's hardly uncommon to come into a Laundromat and find your dried clothes taken out of a drier and piled up in a cart in order for someone to use that drier. That's not done out of loneliness either, it's done out of matter-of-fact-I-wanna-get-outta-here-where-the fuck-are-you-ness.
to the above poster...
Added by: Edie
"a woman would do it without giving it a second thought -- not out of loneliness -- out of a matter-of -fact-of-social responsibility. (Unless their name was Daisy, perhaps.)"
_Every_ woman? A sense of "social responsibility" is inherent in every single woman who is, has been and will be? Fascinating. I don't experience this - clearly I am either a mutant or I am secretly named Daisy.
The gender of the narrator is completely irrelevant (which could explain why it's not mentioned, shockingly enough.) The narrator has this experience as a PERSON. Part of the loveliness of the poem comes from its flexibility - it can happen anywhere, to anyone.
Added by: Fascinator
"a" woman is not "every woman" and I DO agree with the above poster that "a" woman would be many times more likely to do something like this than a man would. It doesn't take "courage" to do it. It takes sympathy and a certain accustomedness to drudgery which has always been "a" woman's world.
to the brilliance of misogyny
Added by: earnest
if there's one thing better than poetry, it's sweeping generalizations.
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