Fiber Arts: A Little Poetry


Autumn — overlooked my Knitting –

1482 Leber de Natura Rer

Dyes — said He — have I –
Could disparage a Flamingo –
Show Me them — said I —

Cochineal — I chose — for deeming
It resemble Thee –
And the little Border — Dusker –
For resembling Me –

Emily Dickinson

O, fellow! come, the song we had last night.

Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain;

The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,

And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,

Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth,

And dallies with the innocence of love,

Like the old age.

Shakespeare
Twelfth Night. Act ii. Sc. 4

Quilts

(for Sally Sellers)

Like a fading piece of cloth

I am a failure

No longer do I cover tables filled with food and laughter

My seams are frayed my hems falling my strength no longer able

To hold the hot and cold

I wish for those first days

When just woven I could keep water

From seeping through

Repelled stains with the tightness of my weave

Dazzled the sunlight with my

Reflection

I grow old though pleased with my memories

The tasks I can no longer complete

Are balanced by the love of the tasks gone past

I offer no apology only

this plea:

When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end

Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt

That I might keep some child warm

And some old person with no one else to talk to

Will hear my whispers

And cuddle

near

by Nicki Giovanni

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Took early retirement (yay!) and now have more time to pursue my favorite things.
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3 Responses to Fiber Arts: A Little Poetry

  1. Judy says:

    Really cool!

  2. lmarshal says:

    Your “fibrous” poetic excerpts are wonderful! Thank you. The Emily Dickinson is just grand. How did I miss that one?!

    an old English teacher

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