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Jazzy Colbert

by Jazzy Colbert

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In Stitches by Jazzy Colbert

They ask why this raggedy red sweater 

I pair with my outfits every day 

still fits too long for me to shake hands 

or try to stand outside of the shade.

If these tank-topped travelers saw 

how I have changed what I have been given, 

they would know that any worry I wear 

becomes my second skin.

This material always itches.

It looms sturdier and clingier 

the more I try to stretch it.

Resistance only makes sweat linger.

I will wear its ugliness

until it unravels before me.

I feel fabric give way around the collar 

as you ask what color I would rather be wearing.

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