A shirt I was born in.
I wear it. Or it wears me.
White, of course.

A loose fit.
Growing as I grow
but slowly going dull.

It must be washed
once, twice, three times,
then hung to dry.

There, can you see it?
Hanging high
on the hill.

Waving its arms
in the wind. Beckoning.
Sun shining through.

This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 34 Number 9, on page 31
Copyright © 2017 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.com