The Gay Agenda
1) Do laundry
2) Pick up milk
4) Destroy social fabric of
5 Take up knitting
Sometimes there is nothing to do
but break down and begin again.
The sweater is too tight,
strangling breath and speech.
Take it off.
Search for the loose thread.
Wind the end around your fingers as it ravels,
still crimped from the stitches,
knit and purl unbecoming into rumpled yarn.
Snip the yarn into short sections,
unply the strands and
tease the fibers into fluff.
Toss the stuff with loose fingers.
Let the colors merge and mingle into chaos.
Then dip the combs into the basket
and card the soft mass by firelight.
Stroke the rolls off the silver pins
and lay them gently in a row.
Kick the spinning wheel until it flies
too fast to see, swallowing the rolls of fluff
and twirling them into yarn again,
wound around and around
the sharp bright promise of the spindle.
Finally, catch the yarn
between slender needles
and remind it how to hold itself
close against the cold winter wind.
Knit something looser, larger, wider, warmer,
enclosing the soft throat of civilization
in a scarf of every subtle color spun together.
It's funny how often people forget
that creation follows destruction
likes the spokes of an endlessly spinning wheel.