Should/Could

I could have known better!
Do avoid the should word.

The results were…
Not bad, not good, not satisfactory

Do remind me next time,
Not to soak in biological.

My Tilley Hat!
Turned patchy yellow/orange.

No, don’t whiten your whites
By soaking over night.

When next morning comes…
You’ll be mighty disappointed.

You know you should-uv-not,
Could-uv-not done it.

It’s the story of my life! When will I ever learn to keep away from anything with, even a hint of, bleach in it? Other monks soak, they separate their whites from their colours, and their sheets and towels glisten on the line. My beloved Tilley Hat from Vancouver, a kind gift, now skulks damp and patchy on top of my walking boots to dry.

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