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Lexington Poetry Month

paper clothes


have you ever worn paper clothes
given to you by a loved one
through the hands of a stranger?
someone tasked with asking
your ability to cope
to bathe, to eat and sleep?

two weeks in a makeshift bed
built with overwhelming care
filled with fluff, nesting linted legs—
two weeks and caressing questions
become interrogations, investigations.
what do you need? how do you feel?

I paint my nails, argue with my father,
swallow my pills and
wear the blue socks with the sticky toes—
a keepsake from the place
with the paper clothes
that have finally burned away 

4 responses to “paper clothes”

  1. Linda Bryant says:

    That’s a helluva question you ask in the beginning. Effective poem about difficult subject matter. I love the ending.

  2. This shook me. Lovely words.

  3. Kris Gillis says:

    The journey this poem takes from the first line is brave and beautifully crafted.

  4. Venecia Proctor says:

    I agree with the comment above. This poem stays with you. Beautifully done.

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