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"Folding the Sheets"

 

You and I will fold the sheets

Advancing towards each other

From Burma from Lapland.

From India where the sheets

have been washed in the river

And pounded upon stones:

Together we will match the corners.

From China where women on either side of the river

Have washed their pale cloth in the white stone shallows

'Under the Shining moon.'

We meet as though in the formal steps of a dance

To fold the sheets together, put them to air

In wind, in sun over bushes. or by the fire.

We stretch and pull from one side and then the other -

Your turn.

Now mine.

We fold them and put them away until they are needed.

 

A wish for all people when they lie down in bed -

Smooth linen, cool cotton, the fragrance and stir of herbs

And the faint but perceptible scent of sweet clear water.

 

(Rosemary Dobson)

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Taken on June 26, 2007