How was I to know?

I plucked a fleck of lint
from your grey lapel
in a polite sort of way
that day in my office.

How was I to know
it was the tip of a ribbon
as long as a river
as red as a wound?

I pulled and pulledimage001
until the room filled up—
a sea of scarlet
bore us away.

Audrey Molloy 2016

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