1. A flexure; a bend; a twist; a turn; a coil, as in a rope; as the boughts of a serpent.
2. The part of a sling that contains the stone.
She gathers them all:
The stares –- sorrow, reproaches
The glares -- bitterness
The absent ones -- denial
Twisting them in awkward boughts
Hung about your neck,
Sucking your breath and light in
A loud statement in the room