One of our customers sent us a poem earlier this month that was featured on Garrison Keillor’s website. If you’re not familiar with Garrison Keillor, he is a radio personality most famous for his program “A Prairie Home Companion”. The poem below reminded our customer “how wonderful it is to have my windows washed… You help the sun to shine!”
What the Window Washers Did
by Margaret Hasse
They arrived in a truck at 8 A.M.
Introduced themselves as Dave and Mike,
said no, they brought their own supplies
and equipment, said yes, pay in advance.
They circled the house, removing storms,
tugging at last year’s ivy that cast its spell
of thatch across the east windows.
I opened the door to Mike, watched
as he positioned water bucket and rags.
Through grimed glass latticed with cobwebs,
Dave appeared on the outdoors side.
As if starting a fight, both lifted
their Windex bottles at the same time,
seemed to squirt each other in the face.
The men silent as mimes in a mirror
with big hands tracing one another
rubbed the surfaces of all the panes
until the glass squeaked and disappeared.
The sun, free to fly in, flung
a carpet of light on the floor.
“What the Window Washers Did” by Margaret Hasse, from Earth’s Appetite. © Nodin Press, 2013. Reprinted with permission.