Rags (c.1925)

The stubborn fabric is seizing around the needle

its obstinate refusal sends laughter through Rose

                  the school didn’t want a Jew anymore but the Torah unravels itself for her

                  the ark opens in a flash of light               her father holds the magnifying glass

                  here Esther defeats Haman here Miriam her watchful eye

Rose won’t sit around

with permission she starts a business

takes the reins               the seamstress                 whips of wool

              her custom dresses rival France’s                everyone knows 

              her she is in the fabric now