- Folding Teeshirts -

by Glenn Currier

With gentle precision
grasping the two shoulder seams
she brings the two sides together
in the shape of Love,
tucks in the sleeves
and tri-folds the oblong
into a soft whole.

With gentle precision
she fashions the borders of her days
among the scattered islands
of my overtime shifts.

Grasping the two shoulder seams
of my pig iron frown
between her wit and her smile
this alchemist mines the gold
buried deep in my gloom.

She brings the two sides together
splicing my logic and sense
with flirt and wizard
and laughing lizard.

In the shape of Love
six thousand times
elbows and knuckles bend
to her commitment
in spite of exhaustion.

Tucks in the sleeves
of my uncertain reachings
from the dark cavern
of my defenses.

And trifolds the oblong
epoch of our romance
like the caress of clouds
and the mercy of spring
after a winter of years
and a bowl of tears.

Into a soft whole
she has created
the union of our souls.

- To Helen Elizabeth Currier for her enduring love and indomitable spirit


Posted on 11/07/2004
Copyright © 2021 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 11/07/04 at 11:40 PM

Fine tribute all round Glenn. Great way to read you again.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 11/08/04 at 03:14 AM

Love folds and envelopes us... we may wear it daily, but in the end we come home shed the exterior and are warmed in the arms of another. Beautiful and fitting tribute.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/09/04 at 03:43 AM

Fantastic poem and image Glenn...Charlie

Posted by JD Clay on 11/09/04 at 04:39 AM

This piece comes across with ultimate volume and clarity, Glenn. The beauty of this subtle yet dramatic presentation is second only to the mutual devotion and shared committment to endearing love. I'm jealous. Pe4ce...

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 11/11/04 at 02:25 PM

glenn, you write the most beautiful and endearing love poems... may your union be blessed, as we are for such litarary candy... blessings...

Posted by Alex Smyth on 11/11/04 at 06:42 PM

You portray the domestic chore in such a tender light, and then apply the committment it embodies into your whole relationship. How touching, your verses sing of intimacy on all levels. This goes into my favorites folder as well as suggestion for POTD. Blessings to you and yours:o)

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 11/15/04 at 03:45 PM

in the shape of love. How adorable.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/23/04 at 01:22 PM

Eloquent and tender tribute to the love of your life. Original, refreshing use of symbolism. I am selecting this as one of my favorites!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 11/30/05 at 04:59 PM

...glenn, i wish this Helen-woman you speak of was real...this is truly gorgeous, what a meaningful and sincere tribute and i know she's as proud as punch as i am to read your creation...congrats on POTD...peace, chaz

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 11/30/05 at 05:00 PM

A poem to be cherished in the heart. Congrats on POTD.

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 11/30/05 at 10:20 PM

A wonderfully beautiful tribute. If this doesn't get you significant rewards I don't know what would;-)

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/30/05 at 11:30 PM

Congratulations for poem of the day Glen. Well deserving...Charlie

Posted by Laura Doom on 12/02/05 at 07:49 PM

Hah! I didn't even see this when potd - this has a wonderfully sensitive shape to it, both literally and metaphorically, tastefully personal - exceptional writing.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 09/21/06 at 03:52 AM

Hi Glenn, It's a beautiful tribute for the love of you life. :)

Posted by Jean Mollett on 09/21/06 at 03:53 AM

Tha'ts of love of your life. Oooops.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 09/21/06 at 03:54 AM

did it again.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 05/17/08 at 05:55 AM

I must of missed this way back when it was POTD, but just came across it randomly tonight. I'm so glad I did - what a marvelous poem of enduring love. The anaphora - the repeated phrases and implied repeated actions - really set up a kind of rhythm in this, which is partly what makes it so memorable. Excellent.... d:-)

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 06/10/08 at 08:24 PM

what's the name of this form? i can totally see myself managing this one...beautiful poem!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/10/12 at 03:48 PM

I'm so glad this came up in the Favorites column as I had not seen it. I appreciate the ordinary folding of clothes along side the extraordinary love story "unfolding". Nicely done, Glenn.

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