Sewing Pattern

by Alexandra Cussons

Begin with her back:
stitch the groove of her spine
with chord, grain-line, inside out.
Mark out her fingers with chalk
on the inner plush of her hands
and cut the finger pads round.

Seam up her thighs and with trim,
fringe the hoods of her eyes in black.
Fold the lining of her mouth;
double layer her lips,
don’t forget to button her navel.

Pleat the cups of her ears,
silk thread her crown,
hem the edge of her tongue.
When this is done, burn
the traced paper patterns.
Turn inside out.