By Wanda Morrow Clevenger

we girls learned to sew

and sew well

Mom saw to that

 

with four years of home-ec

some cooking thrown in

in the bargain

 

I waited for her to

leave for work

then shortened my dress

by 3 inches

before school

 

taking it out later

with one long pull

of thread

 

she almost caught on once

demanded to see my hem

gave it the long hard

Baptist evil eye

 

I must’ve done well

all she said was

my dress was

too short

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