Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Little labels

little labels
sewn inside school clothes,
my name
embroidered on them
as if I might get lost


—A Hundred Gourds, June 2013

Well, I was planning to include a photo of the actual labels, my name on them in green, but unfortunately I can't locate the particular box they're hiding inside. Coming across them a couple of years ago, though, served as inspiration for this tanka.

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  1. I love the gentle irony in this one--line 5 leaves the reader with so much to ponder.

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  2. I remember those labels. Maybe I need them again.

    Adelaide

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  3. Jenny, thanks! I did get lost, literally and otherwise. ;)

    Adelaide, ditto, me too. Mine were sewn in green uniforms. Did you have uniforms?

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    1. In highschool I had a uniform, an ugly blue serge dress that turned purplish as it aged. It had a great navy blazer with white piping around the collar and pockets, though, and I kept that after graduation.

      Adelaide

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    2. Somewhere I still have my school scarf, which was nice, and a somewhat-threadbare cardigan that I wore for 3 years. We had ugly striped dresses for the summer and dreadful hats.

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  4. ha-cute! And I mean that in the best way. I'm really enjoying this school theme you're doing!

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  5. Thank you, Ms. Laundry. Watch out for the next one on Sunday or Monday.

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