How to Thread a Needle

how to thread a needle
when every string is a road,
endless except otherwise –
perhaps a jagged cliff
at the end of itself.

you must look for the largest eye.
this tunnel is to the other side,
where bonds do not break
and seams do not shred.

your hands must be calloused
with women’s work,
fingertips stained with tea,
nicotine, and blood.

the truest sign of all
is no puncture
through the hardened skin
where fabric rests
and the threaded needle enters.

this means you are ready,
and all that is left
is the gaping eye
and the impossibly long
shaft that delivers
its binding accord.