I have now donned my scarf.
What are mittens and hat?
Nothing, compared to a warm neck.
I'd wear my scarf in the summer,
if I could with comfort.
A birthday present from a crafty friend,
a hand-knitted rainbow of subtle colors.
Tasselly fringes dangle at the ends.
Is it wrong to want to worship a piece of clothing?
I loop it in a complex knot
and feel very cosmopolitan
in this small town.
My daughter asks to borrow it,
and I, like a cat, hiss 'No'.
She's only nine.
She'll lose it or rip it or stain it or
(God forbid) stretch it.
But, one day, if she's nice to her mom,
she may receive it as a family heirloom.