Making Ends Meet, poem by Teisha Dawn Twomey

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.

teishatwomeyTeisha 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.

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3 Responses to Making Ends Meet, poem by Teisha Dawn Twomey

  1. Elizabeth Hanson says:

    I like the sense of motion in this poem -
    It is a won­der­ful poem !

  2. David M. Smith says:

    I'm achiev­ing great suc­cess­es ALSO in the poet­ry world, although on a small­er scale. Just had 5 of my poems pub­lished in an Anthol­o­gy, which has been a num­ber one on Ama­zons best sell­er paper­back in the Poet­ry Anthol­o­gy cat­e­go­ry. 2 oth­er poems in anoth­er Anthol­o­gy. ANNNNDDD, I received a King of Likes award on Heart & Soul Poet­ry Group 2 days in a row. The "FIRST TIME" that has EVER been accom­plished before. It may not SEEM LIKE MUCH of an accom­plish­ment, but the group has — 6,232 MEMBERS. — To be "MOST LIKED" poem in a HUGE group of your peers that are post­ing, is a GREAT achieve­ment. Love you my sweet friend. Hugs.

  3. David M. Smith says:

    WOOOWWWWW !!! Teisha. AWESOME poem. I loved it. Great job. Good luck with your book release lat­er this year. Hugs cutie.

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