Saturday, December 20, 2014

“Dental Floss”

Cheap dental floss    
—not the desired brand—    
            Leaves strands    
Frustrated before sunrise    
            I fling the new container aside—    
                        thumping it into the trash    
                        announcing my irritation    
Temper flames my words,     
            “We had an entire conversation about this!”    
Feeling trivialized and minimized
            I cut to make him smaller   
And I braid those fine wax fibers 
            into Porter’s rope  
                        Giving it weight—
            my snarling reflection    
            snaps me to The Big Picture 
It is—  
            after all—    
Only dental floss   


Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman