Shirt

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Anne Elvey

Two morn­ings now I have stood in my white shirt with the green leaves out­lined in black at the start of a day sad, and seen sud­denly how on ei­ther side of the third but­ton over the breast bone, the leaves — three on each side — fan to form a green flower with the off-white but­ton for a stigma. A thanks comes then un­sought for the sewer in a fac­tory in China, or the cut­ter — their prob­a­ble load — who made the ar­range­ment of the cloth just so, think­ing or not of a woman in the west, cul­pa­ble yet wea­ried with a dif­fer­ent care — and light­en­ing her day with their eye.

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