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Abigail Warren '86
Abigail Warren’s first chapbook, Air-breathing Life (Finishing Line Press, 2017), was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award, and her second full length collection, Inexact Grace (Regal House Publishing, 2020), was a finalist for the Terry J. Cox Poetry Award. She was a recipient of the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize while at Smith.
You, who waited in Ithaca
patiently weaving a burial shroud
for your father-in-law
fending off lovers
while your smooth-talking husband
was sleeping his way across the seas.
You must have wanted a lover
of your own
maybe someone to amuse your son,
show him how to be a man.
Your journey spun upon a wheel,
pulling together scraps of wool,
patching each day, making
a thing of beauty
and undoing it, only
to sew it again.
And this is where we stand:
in the doing and the undoing
Monk-like with sand,
setting the supper table
like a mandala,
each still life
not waiting for anything
Original publication: Tampa Review, 55/56