With tattered remnants 

left over by those more skilled

and with better patterns

to guide them, 

I tailor a self

a calico, constructed

of sackcloth and ash 


crinoline, khaki and leather

damask, chambray and chiffon

linen and lace, velvet and silk 

denim, taffeta, gingham and tweed 

bamboo and brocade, satin and suede 

though aged, the colors still bleed

blood on the needle, proof

that I am cut from anything 

but the same cloth

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