Sewing you, not fixing

Solving you wasn’t something i studied for
but fixing you was.
not a math problem or a crossword, but a sock that just had a few too many
holes, and i darned them with the assured promise
that you would never even need to pay me back
and if you did
it would be in minutes
spent watching your laughter lines
and letting me practice sewing them
into every lining
of your every coat

a_life_torn_apart_by_nyerguds-d4yftoli can’t sew but i’ve wound the navy cotton tight around my little fingers to
remind myself what morse code was when you held my hand underneath the table
my pulse beats back
up my arm and into the garbled knot where a
romantic might say the heart is.
all you needed was a few patches and you were as right as rain,
whatever that meant.

i’m sure if i just unfocused my eyes
to repeat the sight of your blotchy knuckles
i would figure you out in a second.
i suppose you could say
i am a fan of housekeeping

and that doesn’t come naturally in my veins
let me tell you
that little sliver of blue has never felt the urge to
offer a neighbour sugar as much as it has ever had oxygen
taste so sweet

my mother will tell you that even though my dad had me stand to attention
and would present wet spoons to me like medals
i have never taken up the tea towel willingly,
and have, in fact thrown in said towel, too many times.

i take up arms when the strings have been cut
hoist you up on shoulders like atlas’ globes
my spidey-senses tingle when you uncover a web of lies
or if your bedside lamp starts to burn into the bedsheets
i take up needle and thread and sew you back together, stuffing and all,
build-a-braver you than you thought there could be

my sewing box is my fingers
and i’m embarrassed to admit it but
my twelve year old sister can knit better than I
my fingers are softer and you can always see the holes in my patterns
without having to focus on them
if i use my smallest thimble, though
i might not bleed
for months

when you turn up unannounced
with red patches on your elbow and knees
i know i have another hole to make whole again
every time i see you
the stars disappear
i try to find meaning and sew the stars together
to make a constellation,
but your darning is red

the stars disappear.
this is not a metaphor
this is the truth (and i know you will respect that)
but the rest of this poem was. it all is.
it all is. it all is. it all is


Are you walking a path that isn’t yours?


Have you ever felt that – without regret – you have chosen and are on the wrong path, and though you wish to be free of it, abandoning this road will cause much more chaos and hurt than staying on it? 

Currently I am having a moment in life where I absolutely know that I am on the wrong path. And this is not for the first time, I have felt like this for almost 3 years now. It was the first winter holidays of my junior year that I realized that this field of study isn’t for me. I might have taken someone else place who probably would have done a better job than I am doing right now.

I mean let’s be honest, I have a life that’s better than almost 80% of the teenagers of my age. I am in an institute which most of the people can’t afford. I have a healthy circle of friends, a girl I love right across the table, but still it feels like something vital is missing.

Not a single day goes by without the thought of letting this all go but the thought of starting it all again that’s something that haunts me. I am in senior year now, hopefully a graduate next year, with no sense of direction.

What’s worse not knowing what you want? Or knowing what you don’t want and still doing it? I am truly unsatisfied with my life and now I know my soul is dying in the process.

So – in order to answer the question: yes, I am walking a path that isn’t mine. Should I be? I guess I don’t know the answer to that right now.
Have I found my right path? I am not sure of that either. The only thing I am sure of is that this path isn’t mine. And I am on it because the alternative scares me, because I think when I step out there are demons waiting to pounce on me. And for now I am not ready to face them.