Poet’s corner: Thrift Shop


I’m going through the rack

of men’s trousers

in the musty basement

alongside a tall, skinny guy

I don’t want to look at

twice, but he starts to talk:

“Everything in here’s a 42

or XX large. Some fat guy

musta died last week.”

Just then, I find a nice pair

of corduroys — 36 waist —

too long, but I have a friend

who can hem.

I don’t try them on, just pay

the $3 and get out.

I know I won’t care who

I’m wearing on the white carpet

of snow already unrolling

under all those cold stars.

Warren Woessner is the senior editor of Abraxas magazine, and a part-time resident of Edgartown. His most recent poetry collection is Clear All the Rest of the Way (Backwaters Press).