Seams, running: as callused fingers spurn
invitations from an open window. French
knots and ears of wheat, fleurs-de-lis,
slip knots; blind stitches for the veil
a bride might wear at a wedding. Slant,
uneven, overcast; picked, pricked, tailor-
tacked; featherstitched and darned.
Work on the willow’s whips of tiny
chain-stitched leaves, the peacock’s many
jade and sapphire eyes. Smooth the heated
iron across the sleeves and bodice, but leave
one end untucked. Careful not to spill
the smell of burning plastic on the breeze.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.