Chartreuse Squares

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

She threaded toaster cords through a large fishhook

And sewed a multitude of random seams

Joining ruby triangles and chartreuse squares

With icicle-stained, mouse-chewed, hand colored,

Mud-splattered fragments of tattered grocery bags

That she had burnished, polished, scraped, cradled,

Twirled, worn, notarized, and used as money.

She hung them from the ceiling,

Where they shone like trout scales in Byzantium.

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