no she never bought dishcloths

my mum.

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

and liver.

i hated asking for breast of lamb

rude to mention private bits.

later mum boiled the cloths in the pan with persil


possibly bleach.

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.