Sock Abductions

The dryer is a trans-dimensioned box
complete with foggy, topsy-turvy lens.
We lose the thread when two companioned socks
in knee-jerk fashion spin to separate ends.
 
Survivors are too static-y to talk
beyond the odd blue spark or errant twitch.
Beside themselves, too traumatized to walk
their lot befits old sox cast in a ditch.
 
Compare the washer’s spotless, upright style:
So unambiguous are whiter-whites
that socks emerge unstained by ruse or guile,
eliminating need for washer lights.
 
The trick becomes which leg and where to stand—
right here, left there, or on yet drier land.




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NORMAN BALL is a poet, playwright, essayist and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, The London Times among dozens of others. His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC.