Unraveling

I picked at a snag in the lemon
yellow yarn of my favorite wool sweater
until my fingers were lost in a hole,
clutched it to my breast
like an injured best friend,
walked to the corner where a signpost read

Alterations Here.

While the woman with magical fingers
mended my sweater,
I thumbed through an outdated Cosmopolitan,
paused when I saw a sign across the street—

Divorce – Men Only

realized we had begun to unravel.
I had picked at your idiosyncrasies
like the snag in my sweater.
You distanced yourself to avoid the picking.

Then I remembered your tears
reflecting shared pain
as you placed frozen peas on my body,
bruised and swollen from a surgeon’s knife;
how you trusted me
to take the helm in squally seas
as we cruised the California coast;
how sexy your legs look in shorts.

The alterations lady nudges me,
hands me my sweater that looks as good as new.

Wearing a new attitude,
I skip home singing
I feel pretty, oh, so pretty …
find you waiting in your La-Z-Boy recliner.
Lifting your whiskered face in my palms
I kiss your little boy smile,
work my own magic
to mend the strands of our unraveling.

© Susan Parker
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