Annette Barnes

Master Class
February 24, 2021 Barnes Annette


Demonstrate on mine, I say.
I’m one of the three who’ve
never used a sewing machine.
I remember feeling this way in
science class. The teacher
obliges but the rest of the job
is up to me, and like a horse
that knows incompetence
when it feels it, the machine
bolts. Not your fault, others
say. The woman next to me,
her patchwork near perfect,
suggests embroidery for
disguise. It’ll add some
colour too, she says, as if
ornamental needlework were
something I could easily do.

Annette Barnes is the author of a book of poems, Next In Line (Pinyon Press, 2017).