Issue Thirty-Seven - Winter 2021


By Dan Overgaard

These phrases, stitched together, must convey
a finished thing, with some intensity
and maybe some surprise. You take the way
a necktie—one with silky dignity,
accustomed to the better restaurants—
is loosened from its long, secure career-
defining knot, stripped of its shirt and pants,
and bagged before it’s ready to retire.
Ripped and stitched up between some odds and ends,
it dreams about its prowess in the breeze,
but makes a patchwork peace among new friends
who serve, cheek down, around some bony knees.
It’s threads like these that pull a story in,
and wrap some warmth around you for the end.

Copyright Overgaard 2021