For my grandmother, whose birthday is soon:
A hole a sock a thread a pin
A stuffed tomato to stick it in
A thimble a button a needle a knot
Using her teeth to pull it taut.
Blue and black, white and gray
A tube of glue for a rainy day
A nimble thumb, the smell of rose
A mended sock for happy toes
A lemon cookie, a mug of tea
A grandmother’s hug, just for me.