Spinning Yarn

Bales of cotton,
cones of yarn
of weft and warp
the varieties of cotton
too many, long staple
and short staple,
superior and inferior,
the yarn in counts
20’s up to 100’s ,
twisted, blended,
all being put
in bay, workers
laid off, factory sheds
lie vacant a stress
on the whole
the affectations
penetrate deep
a dismal context
hard to reconcile.