Alteration by Agnes Vojta

The dress fit her perfectly
for years; it wore
comfortably, and she liked
the way she looked in it –

until one day, it suddenly
felt too short, too tight,
the seams fraying.

She tried to adjust it,
pulled and tugged,
but it didn’t help.

She sewed on
another layer of fabric,
but it looked and felt
all wrong.

So she took off the dress
and with trembling hands
started to rip out the seams.

Naked, she shivered
as she threaded the needle,
and slowly began

to sew the pieces
back together
in a new pattern,

that would fit her new shape
and eventually
would feel right.