Washcloths Are Scrubs



A bath towel knows

the raw and rude truth

Which in most cases

Is not a good thing

A paper towel gets wet

Easily. Then it’s all over

In one or two short wipes

A kitchen towel thinks

they’re fancy schmancy

But is just a dishtowel

By any other name

Handkerchiefs are snots

A sanitary towel can seem like

A murderer on a rampage

But, are really innocent

Napkins underneath it all

Beach towels get sand

Stuck up their creases

Tissues expose themselves

Then are found about the house

Involved with a wad

Bar towels smell like barf

Drink incessantly

Dabble with chasers

Rags are always found in

The most awkward circumstances

Hand dryers fake the funk

Washcloths are scrubs



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39 Responses to Washcloths Are Scrubs

  1. claudiachapline says:



  2. I like this…a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Annie says:

    I will never look at life’s cleaners the same. Ever again. I think the only thing you might have miss are baby wipes and I thank you for that. 🙂


  4. I found this charming.


  5. bkpyett says:

    Terrific poem and lovely photo. I still use cloths. 🙂


  6. I love it, some timely pictures of past. Is it me but looks like the dog about to go number two in the clothes basket? :}


  7. grantmanGeo says:

    Loved it.. Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. grantman says:

    Great job.. Loved it!


  9. facetfully says:

    Great…..and the images too!


  10. Supernova! says:

    Didn’t imagine someone could make something so cool out of napkins. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. aboynamedtsu says:

    It’s a good start. I think you can do more to transform it. From another end, you can think of the important people in your life and then compare them to a home accessory. Coincidently, I have these napkins I collect from fast food restaurants that lie on my desk in case I need to use them. It would be more impactful it was not simply a play on the idea but have real connection in your life. Like the acquaintances I meet that I only make contact with when I’m in need.


  12. I will never see any towels the same way! LOL


  13. As someone who creates kitchen and table linens –my mission is convincing people that cloth towels and napkins are more relevant than ever — I really appreciate this. Never thought I’d see an “ode to kitchen towels!” Thank you!

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  14. Rose Red says:

    Love this! I grew up with cloth napkins because my mother hated throwing away paper. We simply couldn’t afford it.
    I found myself smiling several times reading this

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  15. Arwen says:

    Hahaha I love your interesting sense of humor.


  16. Avnee G says:

    I’m still surprised that one could write such a piece with towels and cloth scrubs in mind! Amazed!


  17. vivachange77 says:

    I love the picture of the old kitchen. My daughter-in-law uses only cloth napkins. Another of my sons (not her husband) makes fun of me because I re-use paper ones. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. cheryl622014 says:

    Really enjoyed this !

    Liked by 1 person

  19. resoplayer says:

    Love it! And the pictures also. Reminds me of my mother and grandmother so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Only a poet can look at such common things and see what you see.

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  21. Maddy says:

    That’s one of a kind poem I have read. First time!! You have a sharp vision (for the lack of a better word) of a poet/writer who sees that no one else does. Very Impressive.
    Kudos! !

    Liked by 1 person

  22. jantaiwan says:

    I appreciate how you played out the theme.


  23. pushpwrites says:

    It was fun. I had smile on my face, all this time i was reading. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  24. This made me laugh. 🙂 keep it up.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. johncoyote says:

    Good description and beautiful photos. Thank you.


  26. Crissy Dean says:

    I’ve never come across anything quite like this before. Thumbs up on originality!


  27. ollamok says:

    Reblogged this on Tell It Once And For Autism and commented:
    My grandmother did wuskis and ironing for people with old ringer washer!


  28. arcade1775 says:

    Reblogged this on arcade # 1775 and commented:
    washcloths are scrubs… teehee.


  29. beverlydyer says:

    It is the most common of things in life that inspire us to think and write about their glory! Glad you found the Art Prescription! Looking forward to reading more of your poems. Cheers, Bev


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