Fancy-Star Quilter

Mother’s hands fidget in prayer

branching into an alternate dinner plan.


Why is addition easier than subtraction?

Multiplication, over division?


Human nature is to acquire.

Piles throughout the house.


We hate to lose. Even diet.

So even paying the bills can be painful.


He was described as a family man with a passion

for horse-pulling events and square dancing.


I’ve been to dances that have felt like both

not all that long ago –


there was no life apart from the children’s

wet towels dropped in the hallway.

Poem copyright 2017 by Jnana Hodson.
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Deerfield, Massachusetts.