Tuesday Poem – Tassel

From Tear Water Tea


The action of giving turns outTEARWATER TREE - RAW CROP 04
to be a gesture for making a deal
the promise of discount, save or Be Saved.
I gather what I can
listen for insights from passing chatter
squint the world into a spin.

An elderly couple walk side by side
a tassel of her shawl caught in his cufflink
well-dressed for this time of day.
I roll the image between finger and thumb:
the cufflinks, the shawl the slow pace of their walk
spin the world into a gilded string.

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