Nancy Scott-McBride

Forty Three Years Together

When we met,
my love’s hands were
as small and soft as mine.
Across a kitchen table we
pressed them palm to palm

There’s a black smudgy print on
the kitchen door now,
made when he was fixing the lock.
A good housewife would wash it off,
but I don’t. I like to press my
still-small hand into his, huge now
from years in the carpentry trade.



The night unwinds you like a
knotted ball of wool.
I sit up, knitting you into
mittens and mufflers to warm me.

The day rolls you back into
the same tangled skein and
un-ravels all my handiwork.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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