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To my younger self,

Pick up sewing.
Mend your clothes.
Make new ones
so old fabric
gets another chance.

Join a group
that talks up
creativity and usefulness,
and doesn't pick
at fashion trends.

Borrow to get started
but loan once you're set.
Share fabric with others.
Sew things together.
Accept new styles.

Pull out an old coat.
Cut off the back.
Use the strips
and make pockets
deep enough.

Fill them
with threads
and safety pins
clinging to scraps
you're fond of.

Discard papers
scrawled with insults
and old homework slips,
but keep the numbers
of people who listen.

Your pockets aren't for hands
nor mere trinkets;
they hold words
your friends knitted for you
when they were new.

Carry with you
a kind warmth
from friends who know
that pockets are a metaphor
and love is best shared.


xx
My contest entry for #Letters-To-Myself's A Letter to My Younger Self contest which came in second place!

This one was interesting to write since I wanted to experiment with extended metaphor a little. Certainly, my advice to my younger self is not to pick up sewing but to fix my mindset and fill my thoughts (pockets) with more positive things.

Not a big fan of putting in punctuation for this poem but for the sake of consistency...
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EverythingIsWords Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Oh, I liked that a lot! Good job on this. :)
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YesterdaysWake Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful job! <3
Congratulations. :meow:
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you very much :meow:
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Talkerwolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Congrats
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you
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:icontalkerwolf:
Talkerwolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Your welcome
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jazmeister Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good advice.
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Shadocchi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks man.
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