The Book Life

4.8 | April 8, 2010

You are the sock that I lose
in the dryer on laundry Tuesdays.
Never quite actually gone,
because I always double check
the washer, the dryer, and the crack in between.

Always turning up later,
when I’ve accepted inevitable
absence and put the single
sock back in the drawer, not waiting
anymore, on top of the dresser.
Static stuck to a sweatshirt or inside
the pillowcase, you turn up.

I can manage without it,
this one sock, I have plenty
of others; it’s not even my favorite
pair. But I hate that week,
when every time
that I open
the sock drawer,
I see the lone sock,
without its match;
at the very least it bothers
the obsessive compulsive side of me.

And then it turns up, the lost sock,
always to my surprise,
because, hey, dryers eat socks
all the time, but there you are,
back, like you never left,
matching the pair, but making no
promises, and then, again,
it’s laundry Tuesday.

[PROMPT: Unusual love – think of five unusual metaphors for you current obsession/former love/the one who got away, choose your favorite, and write a poem. For me, I used the first one I thought of, because it just happened!]

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1 Comment »

  1. I love what you did with the prompt!

    Comment by cosmicmermaid — April 9, 2010 @ 12:11 am


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