A STITCH IN TIME
. . .saves nine.
Can you stitch time? Catch
the threads and pull it together?
Mend the little tears that happen—
the morning you killed
irritated by a broken gizmo,
the hour lost cursing at traffic,
that meeting—all those meetings,
those obligatory parties—
great rips in sense and grace?
Is there a patch or stitch or weave
that can redeem those moments
that might have been salvaged
but because you didn’t even notice,
leave you with tattered scraps
not whole enough for rags?