Working on the little details

It’s a perfect sphere
made of 32 intricately stitched hexagons.
There are 12 highlighter orange triangles and
the word Mitre is printed in football boot black.
The M is exactly one inch tall.
I cannot see a single blemish
and it’s deflated 25% through lack of use.
I often think about the man
in the writing workshop who said
You could improve on the little details
and my thumbs are 17 years old
shaking a crumpled sheet of A4 paper
with a scribbled blue biro speech
next to a newly planted tree you’ll never see.
I have no idea how many students are there
but I think the German teacher is wearing shoes.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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