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Folding fitted sheets
is an origami of
the linen closet.

There are those who would
write poetry on the how’s
and where’s of storage:

     The bear claw technique.
     The functional roll and shelve.
     Orthodox irons.

But we who love sleep,
and lifestyles of well‐rested,
kind, peaceful dreamers,

     Believe it fitting
     To meet concave to convex—
     The sheet to the bed.

Allowing this one
aspect of our frenzied lives
a simplicity.

A primal puzzle
of fit being and doing.
Sacred that simple.

Alane Cameron Miles lives in Richmond, Va.

Posted in: Poetry, Race and Anti-Racism
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