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Michele Waering




The scarf was tie-dyed
magenta diamonds around eyes of peacock blue
wrapped with bits of thread.

Who ties these what colour are their eyes
little hands gathering diamonds all day
wrapped with bits of thread?

What do they eat who puts food
into their hands? Sunrise shift
sweeping bits of thread

from workshop floors
caught beneath their feet in their lungs
breathing thread

the heat they bear the water they drink.
Spun into the day
living strands of thread

get up to dress the world for school for work.
Like a mother frowns
noticing bits of thread

untangles long fringes
has no need of labels
The Perfect One follows every thread.

About Michele Waering

MICHELE WAERING has an MLitt in Creative Writing from The University of Glasgow. Her poems have been published in From Glasgow to Saturn; A Thousand Cranes: Scottish Poets for Japan; From Quill to Quark; Envoi and The Ghazal Page. Michele Waering’s work has appeared most recently in San Pedro River Review, Red River Review and From Glasgow to Saturn. She lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland.