She Fights With Her Sweater

She fights with her sweater
and the sounds of the struggle
echo through the house.
We listen and await
the consummation of the battle.

Sometimes the sweater wins
and father rushes
to free her from the bonds
of the wily sweater.

Sometimes the sweater loses and no one cares
as, once again, it silently bears
the humiliation of being stretched inside-out and backwards.

Franco Bertucci


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