The Laundry Load

there are days when i wake up
buried in laundry 

under ultraviolet light
these clothes would show a bloodbath 

there's no delicate setting 
on this spin cycle

impossible to separate 
childhood from the whites from you

quit softener and dryer sheets years ago
because it all comes back the same

one time in fourth grade
we all got caught smashing melons in a garden

not that cantaloupe is a tough stain
it just feels like a kinder way to tell you

i don't think i can carry the load today 

January 6, 2021


Published by Caleb Ferganchick

Caleb Ferganchick is a rural, queer, slam poet activist and author of The Secret of Sunflowers (2021) and Poetry Heels (2018). His work has been featured and published by Western Colorado Writer’s Forum (2021), South Broadway Ghost Society (2020, 2021), “Slam Ur Ex ((the podcast))” (2020), and the Colorado Mesa University Literary Review. He organizes the annual Slamming Bricks poetry slam competition in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and serves as a board member for Western Colorado Writer’s Form and Mutual Aid Partners. A SUP river guide and speech and debate coach, Caleb also dreams of establishing a queer commune with a river otter rescue and falconry. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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