Between the Stitches


The cloth is loose and would

Unwind except for the thread that

Is on duty and will keep the

Cloth in place and connected

But in that region

There is a part in madness

Should the holding thread be

Broken in one of a number of


Which is the risk the thread takes


While the cloth must sublimate its impulse

That favors chaos

Allowing order and the usefulness

Of order to let the wider purpose


Which is what cloth does

It flows

It has movement while it covers

And contains


Keeps buttons, buttonholes

Zippers and loops for belts

With the pattern for a season

Close at hand

On either side and in between


The coat we pull around ourselves

the fabric of our lives

We’ve heard it called

While we’re at it, we could

look for the union label

Even though I didn’t learn anything of

The song

Beyond the start


C L Couch



Corkythehornetfan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The coat used in the movie that is displayed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.