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2013 Sonnet Contest finalist (09/08/2013)
Lancaster County spring cleaning

“Those old Swiss farm wives, they knew how to clean,”

My husband’s aunt would say approvingly.

“Barn windows even sparkled with a sheen!”

Then she’d cast glances clearly meant for me.

My first Spring as a wife she’d often ask,

“Finished your cleaning yet, rett up the house?”

(Her Pennsylvania Dutch term for the task)

I felt duty-bound to ritual and to spouse.

“Bless her heart,” my husband said, “But stop.

Don’t let this yearly custom cause a fuss.”

So I stowed away resentment, bucket, mop,

And then reserved the warming weeks for us.

Tradition urges us to hold its view,

Yet Spring insists on making some things new.

Gordon Hoffert

 

 

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