Friday, July 19, 2024
HomeCulturePoetry‘the pattern maker’

‘the pattern maker’

folded selvage to selvage
the china white fabrics lie

she shakes out the shifty satin
the more compliant tulle
and spreads them on her bench

feels the thinness of the  straps
on the girl’s bare shoulders
sees pin tucks across the bodice

hears the frou-frouing
of layered skirts as they eddy
around the floor

her big gold scissors flash
the pattern flowing  as she dreams
the girl’s half-hidden smile

when she first sees the dress
hesitant to know herself
so beautiful


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