[definition: a piece of cloth or other material used to mend or strengthen a torn or weak point.]

Like when a pair of jeans
wears out at the knee,
I was worn out by you.

Stretched out and torn,
I tried to find a patch
to cover up bare skin.

It didn’t work.
The shade –
the texture –
it was all wrong.

And then,
like stumbling on the fabric
at a haberdashery,
I found another you.