How to wear gingham shirts, like a 10-month-old

It is all about habits, your grandpa has worn checks
forever, his pa too.
folding laundry, I come across a fluorescent yellow
and ink blue collared shirt.
it fits into my palm, sleeves buttoned and turned in
wards, unwritten dress codes.
I indulge time, lingering longer, hanging cottons on
hooks for air drying.
I don’t want to leave, nor return this shirt on a stack
piling high on your shelf.
realizing it also has a pocket, wondering what a ten
month old would keep inside.
gazing at the blueberry stain as I vacantly rub a wet
Q tip over it, again.

Suddenly it all makes sense.
the crisp linen smoothened
its window panes, perfectly

a whispered list
of ancestors.

Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Kashiana Singh

When Kashiana is not writing, she lives to embody her TEDx talk theme of Work as Worship into her every day. She currently serves as Managing Editor for Poets Reading the News. Her chapbook Crushed Anthills by Yavanika Press is a journey through 10 cities. Her newest full-length collection, Woman by the Door released in Feb 2022 with Apprentice House Press.