Poetry

Anna Fern: Cash’s labels

Cash’s labels   Stitching in Cash’s woven labels like I’m sending you off to school I worry about the state of things your cottontails shredding at the side seams, elastic going the pile of greying pastel nighties on the table I worry that the iron-on labels will prickle your skin order the old-fashioned sew-in ones possibly a mistake, I think, eight garments in, wishing I had a thimble these days I hold the needle close up, thread through the eye a knot in the end to hold fast the label is woven tight, I have to grease the needle wipe…

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