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laundry (from k to r, 25 Sep 1996)

"I once read a poem that started 'Oh, let there be nothing but laundry!'" 
he says to his roommate as they wait for their clothes to dry.

"Laundry taps into forces that are larger than you'd guess," he continues,
"some weird mysticism, cycles of struggle and rebirth, childhood
associations of warm clothes and maternal affection, cultural archetypes
of single socks..." 

He stops, and wonders what brought on this train of thought as his
roommate looks on, visibly amused.  He remembers: years ago doing laundry
in a dorm basement his then beloved explained how it's not the dryer that
eats socks, but the washer.  People unwittingly abandon socks to to a
soggy fate though carefully scrutinizng the dryer for any wayward strays.
He's worked, struggled, to grow past that romance, but layers of emotional
insulation are washed away by the smell of soap, the intimate feel of hot
clothes still damp in the dryer.

Was it the power of laundry that made an odd household hint sing like the 
hymns of 1000 years, or her?

The poem is Love Calls Us to the Things of this World, except the line comes near the end, of the piece, not at the start. I ran into that poem on a practice test for the English AP.

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