How to Sew a Straight Line

Drive into Kansas. Study the lines—
the empty spaces between rows of crops.

Notice the crows, like black stitches
on telephone poles. Apply pressure to the pedal,

your hands. Know you’ll never be sure how much
until you begin. Let your fingers guide you—

the same way you lead a man
on how to touch you. Lie—

tell him it’s not quite right
only so he keeps going.

Julie Ramon is an English instructor, specializing in English as a second language at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and academic writing at Crowder College in Missouri. She graduated with an MFA from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives in Joplin, Missouri, with her husband, son, and daughter.

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