Today’s poem challenge from dversepoets is to write about buttons. So, here’s my little offering.
High on my closet shelf,
a box of buttons. With care,
I matched them, colour-coded,
size-sorted, in little plastic pouches,
and an odd collection of singles
from years of new jackets, pants
and blouses, each came with one
replacement button and that mysterious
inch or two of thread.
Yet as I write the poem the mystery
resolves, the thread’s not for matching
colour, it’s for attaching button to cloth.
But it’s always thick and sturdy,
that thread. To coax it through
a needle’s eye, would tax my own,
my fingers, grown too clumsy, and me
without the required pound of patience.
Carol A. Stephen
July 1, 2012
- Poetics – Button, Button (dversepoets.com)