05.12.2014

Manner

she knits
a flat wick
and waits

quilts the
quarter-bed
and mends

her distress
with a needle
and thread

squares a rip
in the hem
of her dress

as the old
song ends
with a grin

                        when the farmers turned to miners
                        their women turned to men

Gregory J. Ott (© 2014)