A good rule of thumb, is to pull the fine thread
through a length twice the stretch. Wind the string
in a semi-circle to make a loop, pull the ends
through, tie the split twin tails taut together
knotted twice or triple to be sure it all stays
put as you hem the mend left to right.
It takes patience. When the sky is coming undone
and the constellations are somersaulting
the sheer drops reeling around you.
You must not let yourself slip through
this winding trap. Become noiseless,
hook and fasten yourself to the center
of the vacant, vastness. Breathe then heave
the wee fiber of your being forward
begin double stitching your own backbone
to the barren landscape of this reality
once you anchor yourself you may begin spinning
your own cobweb, the wrong way up, just for fun.
Catch the eye of the nearest dinner guest, a fly.
You always have been good at getting attention.
Teisha Dawn Twomey is the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Press. She received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous print, as well as online poetry reviews and journals. She is the Resource Specialist at Springfield College's Boston campus and her first poetry collection "How to Treat Pretty Things" will be released by Riverhaven Books later this year.