no she never bought dishcloths
that does not mean she did not use them.
she was a single parent of four
and things were still rationed
after the war.
we asked the butcher for meat cloths alongside pig’s heads
i hated asking for breast of lamb
rude to mention private bits.
later mum boiled the cloths in the pan with persil
it got the fat meat out.
cut them neatly for dishcloths.
old vests were not wasted nor discarded, underwear
was useful for cloths and dusters.
never a yellow one at our house
though we did have candy stripe
formerly a pillow case.
you make speeches, you rally while i remember my mother.