13 ways of looking at buttons

1.
black buttons in the windows
charcoal smudges
with pin prick lights

2.
pearl white moments
tumbling down
woollen folds
caught pockets of light
in dashing water

3.
Thread wrapped
and attached
with cognizance
upon a face

4.
film-wrapped and bagged
for emergencies

5.
a fold of hybridity,
sewn each side
and joined by the
buttons which we share

6.
forgotten trinkets
swilling at the base
of the couch
or a wishing well

7.
tucked beside feathers and
ribbon-wrapped roses
on a hat
or a tall
peacock affair

8.
thumb and forefinger
to button lips
against a secret escaping.

9.
on padded mannequins
holding seams
with their fists

10.
solid missiles
plastic discs whipped
whipish!
in childhood war

11.
a wee bairn
with a magpie glint in its eyes

12.
collected
in tins
maracas
for distracted children

13.
a full stop or
a wax seal
holding it all together.

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