It’s Poem in your Pocket Day and this poem is going in my pocket. I will carry it with me during the day. I will be thinking of the “heavy threads” of the day and hope that I will be stitched “into a useful garment”.
And yet, there is comfort in knowing the day “will do nothing of the kind”. Because even that is a blessing.
by Hazel Hall
When the dawn unfolds like a bolt of ribbon
Thrown through my window,
I know that hours of light
Are about to thrust themselves into me
Like omnivorous needles into listless cloth,
Threaded with the heavy colours of the sun.
They seem altogether too eager,
To embroider this thing of mine,
Into the strict patterns of an altar cloth;
Or at least to stitch it into a useful garment.
But I know they will do nothing of the kind.
They will prick away,
And when they are through with it
It will look like the patch quilt my grandmother made
When she was learning to sew.
I hope you find a poem to carry with you today, one that will make you stop and think, one that will give you respite, one that will bring you joy.
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What a perfect poem to carry in your pocked today!
Oh I like this one Kat – it made me laugh!! Good choice.
I love this metaphor for the demands on our time getting in the way of our desires and a creativity. Thank you for sharing it with us!
I love how this relates to clearly to your life and 100 day project.
You have found just the poem I needed to read today, Kat. Thank you! And thank you also for the link to Hazel Hall at poets.org. The sewing metaphors she uses in her poetry are just wonderful.
What a beautiful way to end the month! I love the visual of ribbon…(there’s SO MUCH I love about ribbon…!)
perfect, Kat, simply perfect!
Thank you for this poem!