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Your Mitten

Katie Ineich, 2010

I remember when your mitten had a twin.
They were a gift, soft green and blue
thickly knitted and knotted woolen
handmade and imported from Paddington’s Peru.

They reminded me of your favorite picture book,
although they were sold by a table of cheese.
And I wondered how long they’d retain that look
of winter and warm and cosy and freeze.

I held each one like a new friend’s hand,
weighed and clasped. I fingered the thumb,
learned from the inside, began to understand,
and I hoped they’d shield you from the cold and numb.

It’s December now, winter’s barely begun
I hope you’ll keep warm with that solitary one.
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