Wherewithal

Jennifer Habel

Spring 2019

I sewed on Paula’s pink dress. I fixed Paulina’s white dress.
I ripped up and ironed
Jane’s old black silk dress. If there is any such thing

as “perfect” love
or perfection in holiness, I want to know it.
I am sure I have

never known it yet.
I trimmed over my old hat and fixed it for my best one.
I sewed on

Jennifer Habel is the author of Good Reason, winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her poems have appeared in the Believer, Gulf Coast, the Massachusetts Review, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

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