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Polly Alice

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Servant Threads


This poem is an attempt at a sequel to another poem
I really liked from 1999, Servant's Songs.   

Servant Threads (2001)

Servant threads
string us together
like beads on a wire
or a tangle of line.

Servant threads poke through
satin and denim equally,
sewing stars into their charted dance.

Servant threads dangle
from wash rags
drying on back porches,

or diguise themselves
as Grandpa's floss.
They run through button holes
machines, and looms

to come out fringe
in the Rabbi's shawl

so we will not forget.


             Servant's Songs (1999)

Listen to servants’ songs
And sing them out again.

Sweet melodies rise over soapy dishes
and fly through kitchen windows
to the wishing stars.

Some grow in gardens under hats,
and in sidewalk crevices
where men carry the paper home
humming.

Others float in mop water
like lily pads
and leap out wherever
janitors light windows golden at night.

Servants’ songs spring
from swing sets, laughing
choruses of tinkling ice cubes
from a thousand evening porches.

They rise into orange twilights
from fire escapes and
free themselves from clothespins
to soar over cities.

And those who capture them
let them go again.

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