“Small Spool” by Sandra Marshburn

Sandra Marshburn


of cloth-covered wire brings back
my father. I’m older than he was
when he died and left a workbench laden
with tools and containers that mother
doled out including a white wood bob
my father attached above the minnow
on my fishing line. Soon a perch
would pull it under. A surprise today,

wire on a spool in the junk drawer,
what I need for a picture frame.
Too quickly I pull the wrong end of the wire
into a tangled knot, then see the small tack
he pounded onto the spool’s edge, which
offered me a loop of wire to start with.

from Rattle #39, Spring 2013
Tribute to Southern Poets

Sandra Marshburn (South Carolina): “I taught at West Virginia State University for many years and now live on Edisto Island, South Carolina, where I’m involved in preservation and environmental efforts. I write poems because I can’t stop.”

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