Tale Weaver – #283 – Shirt – July 9th

Click here for Michael’s challenge:

This week write your response to the word ‘shirt’. They are things we all wear in one way or another.
Sometimes you’ll hear said: ‘He would give you the shirt off his back’.
Do you have a favourite shirt you wear for special occasions? Imagine the stories it might tell.
Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.

Buttons of every colour,
Size and shape, and holes
Twos and fours or mushrooms,
Lay hidden in the folds.
Mum had always loved them,
Would save them from an old shirt,
Put them on baby matinee coats,
Or extra to hold up her skirt.
Dad would often hug her
And cheekily give her a kiss
Then handing over a button
Say ‘Sew a shirt on this.’
If ever we were naughty,
She’d tell us to button our lip
Amidst threats of the alternative
Of putting in a zip!


I wrote this poem 2 years ago for another prompt about buttons.
Regular readers will know I hate sewing and Hubby is King of the needle, thread and sewing machine.
These days he doesn’t wear shirts, which is a relief as I don’t have to iron them. Mind you, I never did them ‘quite so’ as being ex-forces, there was a standard, so we agreed that I’d do most of the ironing, but trousers and shirts were his department.
We have no ironing board now, and the iron is collecting dust in the cupboard as the nice thing about T-shirts is if you fold them neatly when they come out of the dryer or off the line, there’s no need to press. Naturally there is always an exception to the rule, but when you’re wearing that under a jumper, who’s to notice?

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Tale Weaver – #283 – Shirt – July 9th

  1. murisopsis says:

    I tossed all of Sparky’s 100% cotton dress shirts as soon as we married. I invested in wrinkle free shirts and never looked back! I have an ironing board and iron but only use them when sewing for iron on facing. Now that my new dryer has a wrinkle guard setting and a “steam” cycle I never iron!

  2. Michael says:

    Lovely response Di. Ironing is rarely done around here either. Though going out somewhere it’s best I make the effort to iron as to not do so makes you look as though you are wearing a road map.

  3. I have a history with ironing. From enjoying it, to hating it, to enjoying it s a mindless activity, to today’s “only when sewing .”

    • Like it. When I was first married, a neighbour and I took our ironing out into the garden. Both of us put on Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, but we were two seconds apart, so it was like an echo! Got through the pile in about twenty minutes!

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