Women Ironing

Screenshot 2015-10-09 22.09.26Don’t you know how to iron?

My mother taught me
the British way, pressing
the crispness of a first appearance
on the edges of shirt cuffs
My Canadian granny would lift
country-air starch straight off the line
A Frenchman demonstrated
the naughtiest of tricks, pressing
fashion into parts seen while leaving
a haberdashery of rumples underneath
My mother-in-law instructed me
the German way, putzing
housewifely duty into the fibers
of every cotton product in the house

I am studied and fluent
in the many languages of ironing
My American self makes laundry
permapress easy and wrinkle free

Do you understand now, Husband,
the many ways to explore and press a culture
into the fine white collar of your workshirts?


About jkConibear

Judy is from neither here, nor there, but those places in between. She is a cross-cultural writer whose works are unified by themes of identity and belonging. She escapes her suburban life by typing up stories, much to the dismay of her starving family.

Posted on October 17, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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