Five elegies (Elegy 3: the younger sister)

a dress is not worth

            so much as this.

the fight should not have happened.

cotton and stitch.   But it’s mine after all,

I am not to blame.       I didn’t tell her to go.

she had plenty to wear.  So what if it matched

her gray sweater.  I should have gone

like she asked.  I should not

have been selfish.  I unravel.

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