13 Ways of Looking at a Scarf

I
In the darkness of summer
the scarf collects
the musk and dust of the
cupboard under the stairs.

II
An abandoned scarf
in the forest is
mistaken
for a snake.

III
The loyalty of the crowd is wrapped
around their necks as they
prepare for battle.
Red scarves versus blue.
United ’till I die.

IV
He wore no visible scarf
yet he wore
the weight of the world
on his shoulders.

V
Had she not been
quicker, as the branch
took it’s grip, that scarf
would have strangled
her to death.

VI
A scarf on the grass.
The snowman gone.

VII
The scarf hangs from the window.
The girl is free.
Until tomorrow.

VIII
Her life unravelled quickly
like a crocheted scarf seized
by a curious cat’s claw.

IX
The children wore scarves
on their heads for the performance
to make it seem they were
from far-flung places.

X
He refused to wear the school scarf.
He refused to conform.
He was a patch of blue in a uniform grey sky.

XI
He was hung up on her.
Like football scarves
on a pub ceiling.

XII
The bonfire melted the scarves and the icy silence
from the glowing faces.

XIII
I fell down in exhaustion
like a scarf fallen from a peg.