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Monday, 25 November 2019

Poetry Monday: Windows

It's Poetry Monday, and this week's topic is .....WINDOWS.

Join Diane, MotherOwl, Mimi, Merry Mae, and me, as we put a shine on this topic. You can leave your poem in the comments, or post on your own blog. If you do the latter, please leave a comment so we can find you and your poem. Use the topic, or choose another; the objective is to have fun and work our brains :)

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Can you believe I struggled for days to produce four lines of "kinda" poetry about windows? I had ideas, but, people, nothing worked until I followed the line of thinking that had been in the back of my mind but which I had been trying to avoid the whole time . . .


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I Don't (Often) Do Windows

Invisible when they're freshly washed;
Less so, with some screening.
Windows let us see the world, but --
I wish they didn't need cleaning


This picture cracks me up every time. Those expressions!!



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I hope you have a better relationship with your windows than I do, and -- at least this week -- you don't have to wash any :)

Next week's topic will be ........... HUMMING .......


Good luck!



52 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Love that photo - and your poem.
Window cleaning is not one of my favourite jobs, but I have noticed a line of cat snot 'adorning' the windows in the lounge so it will have to move up the agenda. Soon. Ish.

Andrew said...

Yes, rather wish they didn't need cleaning too. Children don't care about what marks they make on mirrors and windows, no matter how much I hate them.

kylie said...

You nailed it!
I've lived in this house for 22 years and I clean the insides of the windows but the outsides have never been done, it's too hard for me so we just live with dirty windows

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Oh yes, that cleaning. Not at least now in autumn and winter. My fingers get soo cold.
Lovely poem.
And the photo is a sweet excuse for window cleaning.

The Happy Whisk said...

LOVE the poem Jenny.
And that you told us about how it came to be.
The picture is darn cute, too!
Happy Monday and boogie boogie.

nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing said...

Snoot on a window...yucky!
I like 4 line poems. Who needs more?
I can't recall seeing a cat expression before. Priceless.

Marie Smith said...

That is a great photo.

On this island, window washing is a common chore due to all the red earth blowing in the wind. Hateful job.

Steve Reed said...

Cleaning windows is always an awful chore!

baili said...

that is cute ,wise piece of poetry dear Jenny :)

i think windows always fascinate me a lot ,their existence is powerful and meaningful until they are CLEANED and we are ABLE TO WATCH THROUGH THEM CLEARLY :)

so dusting them regularly is uttermost important to view and to think better :)
hugs and countless best wishes for your days ahead my friend!

Red said...

Simple but meaningful when you're an old guy who has to clean windows.

jenny_o said...

And as soon as you get it done, Jazz will have to re-do his artwork :)

jenny_o said...

No they don't, and neither do pets :)

jenny_o said...

A curtain - even a lace one - makes dirty windows disappear, I find :)

jenny_o said...

Isn't it? Noseprints are just a reminder of our wonderful little people or pets!

jenny_o said...

Happy Monday to you too, Ivy!

jenny_o said...

Our cats have a lot of different expressions. I guess when you live with them you get to see the variety!

jenny_o said...

Add water and it turns to red muck, right? :)

Our windows actually get the dirtiest in late winter, as the salt from the street gets blown onto them with spring storms. If only we didn't need salt spread on icy streets!

jenny_o said...

I've been preaching to the choir, I see :)

jenny_o said...

Clean windows can make a good metaphor, right? Thank you for your kind comment, baili!

jenny_o said...

Or an old gal . . . hah

only slightly confused said...

Ah windows...the eyes of the soul of the house. Not so much when they're dirty.

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Best. Picture. Ever!!! Is that cat saying, "Let us in! Please!!!"
Great poem. And I SO agree!
Humming, eh? Cool!

jenny_o said...

Now you're just making me feel guilty, Delores - lol

jenny_o said...

I love that picture! I wish it were one I had taken :)

Humming might be difficult for some participants; I hope not, though.

gz said...

Eyes..the windows to our soul

dinthebeast said...

My eyesight isn't that good (or wasn't) and when I drove a delivery truck for a living, I liked to keep the windows clean, which wasn't hard when refueling as the large tanks gave me plenty of time to clean them while they were filling.
Then we started renting trucks from Coast Rentals in San Francisco, and every time we picked up a truck, they washed the windows with a water hose and a brush on a stick.
That got the windows so clean so fast that I began cleaning my glasses by holding them under hot running water and got the same effect.
The look on that cat's face is priceless.

-Doug in Rohnert Park for a few more days

jenny_o said...

Yes indeed . . . and that is like a micro-poem, gz :)

jenny_o said...

It's vital to have clean windows when you're driving. I can't understand why some people here drive without cleaning their windows of frost and snow in the winter. Dirt is just as bad!

messymimi said...

While i wish they didn't need cleaning, too, all that cleaning is my bread and butter!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect! I only notice how filthy my windows are when company is coming. I try to do them within hours of them entering the door because they never stay clean for long.

Gosh, I love that picture!

jenny_o said...

And that makes me look at it in a whole different light, Mimi! There are always pros and cons to every issue :)

jenny_o said...

If we have company and the windows aren't clean, we usually just pull the curtains . . . partly because OUR primary issue is getting rid of cat hair :D

Joanne Noragon said...

I can't remember last washing a window. That's something I'll pay for, forever!

jenny_o said...

Some things are worth the money, aren't they?!

River said...

The expressions are pretty amazing. I have only two windows, lucky me and they're smallish, but I don't bother with cleaning them. I'll get it done when I'm ready to move out. Maybe.

River said...

Lucky for me, Lola doesn't put her nose to the window. Yet.

Martha said...

HAHAHA! That photo :)

Love the poem. Not so much cleaning windows!

jenny_o said...

"Maybe" . . . lol. A woman after my own heart, River :)

jenny_o said...

Window washing seems to be universally disliked :)

Chickens Consigliere said...

My husband is cleaning windows as we speak lol. It's nice that he's willing because it's a low priority for me. Leave a window dirty, save a birds life, that's what I say. Who's with me? Is that little one someone you know? Is that your cat? Love that picture.

Chickens Consigliere said...

Hi Doug-Have you found another place yet? Did you break 20 minutes?

Chickens Consigliere said...

Hi Doug-have you found another place?

jenny_o said...

I'm with you! Also I hardly have the energy to do the really important stuff like cooking and laundry, ha ha. Lucky you to have a husband who does those things :)

Not my child, not my cat - I Googled "lolcats windows" to find that :) I love it too!

LL Cool Joe said...

Cleaning windows and mirrors are at the top of my list of things to avoid doing. Second on the list is writing poetry about windows. Haha.

jenny_o said...

I understand both those things, especially after racking my brain to write a windows poem this week :)

baili said...

Happy Thanksgiving day dear Jenny :)
hope you enjoyed this special day with loved ones
blessings to you my friend!

jenny_o said...

Yesterday was Thanksgiving for the United States. Canada's Thanksgiving was back in October. We had our special day a couple of weeks ago in place of October because my husband and I were sick on "real" Thanksgiving. Kind of complicated this year!! But we did have a good get-together the day we chose to celebrate. Family makes a day complete! Thank you for your kind wishes, baili :)

Mr. Shife said...

Nicely done jenny_o and you are right about that photo. I tried to write a poem this week but failed. I have a lot of work to do to get to your level.

jenny_o said...

In case you haven't noticed, my level is pretty much at ground level, Mr. S... you don't have to go very far to get there :) But I appreciate your kindness :)

jenny_o said...

OMG I just went to your post for today and read your poem - it is HILARIOUS! I love it!

People, click on Mr. Shife's name on his comment above, and then on his blog name "Confessions of a Dumb, White Guy", then on the post "Turkey Day 2019" to read his poem!

Diane Henders said...

That picture is hilarious! I particularly love the cat's "Wh-a-a-a-t?!?" expression.

And I completely agree with you about windows. I hate dirty windows; but they really only stay clean for a few days. Sigh.

jenny_o said...

Yes, all that time wasted when a person could be reading a good book -- or writing one! lol

That picture still cracks me up, and I must have looked at it dozens of times now :)