Friday, December 16, 2011

Who by socks - the sequel


I'm sick
of socks

the losses.   

           Jenny Bornholdt

Visited my friend Mia the day after I posted Jenny Bornholdt's poem Socks for Tuesday Poem. By the back door: the basket of socks waiting to be matched up by her 'willing' daughters, and behind it, a bag of what the family calls 'orphans' - the socks that have lost their other half.

On the kitchen bench, the list of jobs for the family to do and at the top 'Who - Socks?' Which brought to mind Leonard Cohen's 'Who by Fire' song ....

And who by fire, who by water, / who in the sunshine, who in the night time, / who by high ordeal, who by common trial, / who in your merry merry month of may ...

Looking at Mia's basket of needy socks and thinking of the matching basket here at my house, the matching bag of 'orphans', too, and I can't help but wonder - who by socks ?


Ben Hur said...

When I did a year of teacher training in Karori in 1996, I was in a performing arts specialisation class with actors and musicians and dancers and singers and we devised an entire theatre piece with songs called "Where Do Socks Go?" to perform for high schools.

Melissa Green said...

Delightful, Mary. "Who By Socks?" indeed. xo