the coat

Day 3 :: The Coat
here, you fix it.
her linen jacket
with torn collar
take out the seams
it’s too tight
it doesn’t fit.
make it fit
butter-soft butterscotch leather
wool ruffles
moreno suit jacket, lined
pink boucle
   no longer needed in assisted living
chartreuse raw silk
white ski parka, edged with fur
red plaid car coat
camel cashmere
   only childhood memories
curly lamb shrug, estate sale for symphony
waterproof raspberry northface for dog walking
black heavy rubber windbreaker for oregon coast
purple rei fleece for early morning
   for now, some things don’t change
only today, i recognize the change
looking at her coats, i see
   what has been taken
   what she must let go of
   what she has lost
   what she longs for
only now, i recognize the change
looking at her coats, i see
   what i missed
   what i didn’t have
   what was expected of me
she wants my pendleton jacket
the one that i saved from the throw-away basket in 1969
the one that belonged to her mother
   she wants my shirt
   she wants my red converse tennis shoes
   she wants my life
   she wants me to fix hers
“here, you fix it.”
her linen jacket
with torn collar
“take out the seams
it’s too tight
it doesn’t fit.
just make it fit.”

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