Social Justice Poetry

Bending, Grabbing, Sorting | A Social Justice Poem by Donal Mahoney

(Chinese Laundry, Chicago)

In a storefront laundry
on North Clark Street
brown draperies release
this quiet man

who has my shirts.
He smiles and bows–
how carefully
he wraps them.

Before the draperies
fall back, I see,
for a moment,
in a circle swirling

almost out of sight
three kerchiefed women,
glistening black,
bending, grabbing, sorting.

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