Rose on Coat Rack by LL Barkat


The red
is my favorite.
Almost didn't buy it.
My kids said
try it,
though I thought
why bother
when it won't
be mine.
This is the one
I ran my hands over
Sunday alone, felt the inner fur,
lined up the lost button
to the hidden place
near the neck.
I wet the scarlet thread
between my tongue and teeth
before pointing it firm
through the needle.
It's mine. The red. The secret fur.
The silken lining.
I'm so glad
I took it off the hanger,
let it hug 
my crimson-hungry skin.

— L.L. Barkat, author of InsideOut

This poem is offered as part of our May theme: Roses

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