The skirt my wife’s making

Of patterned corduroy…

Material bought years ago

That she planned to employ.

It took all summer to find

Someone to thread the machine…

A daughter of a neighbor of ours

Who thinks the project keen!

She says she’d going to do it,

Even bought an ironing board…

She says she will  get to it

As soon as her health is restored.

Perhaps I’ve been too lenient,

I want her dreaming to stay…

Accomplishing what she wants to do

Before one of us slips away.

–Jonathan Caswell

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