Thursday, September 27, 2012

Poem-A-Day: At Hobby Lobby by Rosa Alcala

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At Hobby Lobby
by Rosa Alcalá


She tosses a bolt of fabric into the air. Hill country, prairie, a horse trots there. I say three yards, and her eyes say more: What you need is guidance, a hand that can zip a scissor through cloth. What you need is a picture of what you've lost. To double the width against the window for the gathering, consider where you sit in the morning. Transparency's appealing, except it blinds us before day's begun. How I long to captain that table, to return in a beautiful accent a customer's request. My mother kneeled down against her client and cut threads from buttons with her teeth, inquiring with a finger in the band if it cut into the waist. Or pulled a hem down to a calf to cool a husband's collar. I can see this in my sleep and among notions. My bed was inches from the sewing machine, a dress on the chair forever weeping its luminescent frays. Sleep was the sound of insinuation, a zigzag to keep holes receptive. Or awakened by a backstitch balling under the foot. A needle cracking? Blood on a white suit? When my baby's asleep I write to no one and cannot expect a response. The fit's poor, always. No one wears it out the door. But fashions continue to fly out of magazines like girls out of windows. Sure, they are my sisters. Their machines, my own. The office from which I wave to them in their descent has uneven curtains, made with my own pink and fragile hands. 

This is the first publication of "At Hobby Lobby," copyright © 2012 by Rosa Alcalá. Used with the permission of the author. 

Undocumentaries Poetry by Rosa Alcalá
September 27, 2012
Rosa Alcalá
Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Rosa Alcalá currently resides in Texas, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
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