Oct/Nov 2006 Poetry Special Feature

This Woman in the Sewing Room

by Cheryl Chambers

Photo by Jim Gourley

This Woman in the Sewing Room

This woman in the sewing room
can embroider dresses
with her eyes closed. A thimble
on each finger, a scientific
experiment resting on the edge
of little girls' dresses. Women
in the neighborhood flock
and line up, a heedless
intricate design outside
her door. She works hours,
days at a time, looking only
as she remembers a morning spill,
a fossil of vinegar on the counter,
for proof she's alive.


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