doggone

at the museum in
murdo, south dakota
(around the corner from
a life-size jar jar binks)

stands antique treadmill
not for human exercise
but built in miniature for
dog trained on laundry

duty to run the wheel
tied to belt on agitator
of old washing machine
just like grandma used—

funny how that memory
was jogged, grandma’s
story of how the family
dog would often hide

on monday mornings.

photo by lynn


Linking to De’s “laundry” prompt at dVerse Poets

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Apr 04, 2021 @ 08:44:35

    Interesting bit of history. We all sort of hide from laundry some days.

    Reply

  2. pvcann
    Apr 03, 2021 @ 10:00:09

    I would never have believed it, now I see it! I guess you could hop on 🙂

    Reply

  3. sanaarizvi
    Apr 01, 2021 @ 15:42:21

    Hahahahah this is absolutely delightful 😀

    Reply

  4. rothpoetry
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 21:24:43

    A cute story Lynn! I would hide too if I were the dog!! :>)

    Reply

  5. Grace
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 19:18:09

    Well I never knew that. This was so funny! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

  6. Carol Congalton
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 19:01:32

    Whoa! I have never heard of such a contraption! I would have scarpered too if I was a dog, goat or sheep! Great poem Lynn!

    Reply

  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 14:43:39

    Ha.. I never knew you would use the dog to do the laundry… poor mutt

    Reply

  8. whimsygizmo
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:40:29

    Ha! Those last lines made me laugh! Love it!

    Reply

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