Dishwashing Debacle

Washing and wishing that dishes self-scrubbed, she slip-gripped a saucer and
 . . . crash.  Soapy sponge slid in a shocking kersplash.  Catastrophe!  Cursing her clumsy, slick hands and dawdling, daydreaming mind, she snatched up the broom and dug out the dustpan.  Shards swept in a swoosh.  Pieces plunked in the bin, and then puddle paraphernalia packed out.  Minding the mop, she moped and muddled the puddle until tiles were just moist.  Floor swept and mopped, she sighed at the sight.  Washing and wishing had sunk her in suds.  She slunk back to the sink to search for the sponge, and washed and wiped all that wishing away.


In response to prompt from Writing and Illustrating.

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17 Responses to Dishwashing Debacle

  1. absurdoldbird says:

    I love this! I write wordforms like this too.

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  3. lesliepaints says:

    Oh no! Not the wishing gone! You got to me on this kind of writing once again. What are these snippets of thought and feeling called, Yousei? This one, like the homesickness one, are going to stick in my brain for quite some time.

    I don’t know if you would feel this to be a compliment or not, but I saw Stephen King’s Delores Claiborne in this. It is meant as a compliment.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Welcome! I take the compliment gladly. I will admit to raised eyebrows when I saw “Stephen King” in your comment post. I enjoy his writing, but I am unfamiliar with “Delores Claiborne.” I don’t know if I have a term for those two prose pieces–prose meaning longer, non-poetic writing. I’m glad you like them, but hope they don’t give you any King-like nightmares. 😉

      • lesliepaints says:

        Oh.I don’t read Stephen King for Horror or Science Fiction. Of all the authors I follow, he has impressed me the most with how he develops a character. They come to life with real happiness, sorrow, and I can always picture a strong image in my mind. Delores impressed everyone in my family, even the non- King followers because they totally fell for Delores and who she was as a person and we could not envision a male writer knowing what he did to create her. …….and not the movie which was a very poor portrayal of the book.

        • Yousei Hime says:

          I suspect that King does what so many good writers do, he created a person, not a gender. One of my favorite science fiction authors, Ray Bradbury, writes that way. If you haven’t read them already, you should try Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles. The first is about one boy’s summer, not a science fiction story. The second is obviously science fiction, but characters are just as real as the first because characters are mostly what his stories are about.

  4. hahaha – self-scrubbed and slip-gripped! 😀 Now that’s what I call using hyphenation to your advantage! And the onomatopoeia and alliteration… just great!

    I’m a well-wisher! (you can’t wipe it all away!)

  5. Tacy says:

    I love this post!

  6. Technobabe says:

    Personally, I think washing and wishing in tune are way more gratifying than simply washing. I am not attached to any dish or cup. A little slippage can break the monotony. And the floor even got mopped! Cool.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      LOL! You’re right, of course. I actually have an undercabinet radio near my sink so I can sing and scrub (and load the dishwasher). I just couldn’t resist the “s” and “sh” alliteration of dishwashing. Now, when I actually do get those dishes done, I’ll be thinking of you. Thanks for coming by and sharing a much better view of things!

  7. Julie says:

    I love the sounds you have going on. Even the title sounds awesome. Boy, can I relate to the scene, too. Happy New Year, Cuz!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Hey, Cousin Julie!
      This was a fun little bit to write. If you haven’t already, you should jump over to the prompt site and read some of the other comments/entries. Plus . . . it’s a really good site. Speaking of relating, my husband is on his way back home (after visiting his family), and I have a . . . lot of dishes to do. I’m always the mouse when that cat’s away. 😉 Happy New Year back at ya!

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