Poets Walk: "skirts with pleats"

Poets Walk: "skirts with pleats"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 8


The Gift by Joel Oppenheimer


with sureness she

irons her

cottons, the colored

and white take

shape. she works forcefully,

tests the heat of the

iron with the tip

of her finger wet

with her spit. skirts with

pleats, blouses both

simple and fancy, dresses.

the finished pile grows.

she knows summer is coming.


Joel Oppenheimer, "The Gift" from Names & Local Habitations: Selected Earlier Poems 1951-1972 (Jargon Society, 1988). Used by permission of Teresa Maier.