In stitches

12 Jan

I am in the choice of pattern
and in my fantasy
of how the suit sketched in tweed
will be incarnated in velvet

I am in tissue pieces
laid precisely, pinned snugly
facing the right way
on the wrong side.

I am in the concentration of my tongue
and in the rhythm of my heart
as scissor blades
crunch, crunch, crunch.

I am in the synapses that pass
from instruction sheet to brain
to fingers, in spaces
filled with the conductive medium of faith.

I am on the rolling highway of stitches, even and perfect
seams, smooth and straight
then in the pin-prick that sees
something is wrong; I must rip and return.

I am in the mirror
reflecting shoulders that bag
a waist too tight
and a skirt that sags.

Then at last, after being in gathers, easements
overcast hems and under the hot iron
I am, snug and snazzy
in this garment I have made.

© 2006 by Violet Nesdoly

I wrote this poem in response to a prompt at Poets Online (Archive: February 2006 – “In The Moment” prompt). The webmaster of Poets Online publishes some of the submitted poems for each prompt, and it made its publishing debut there.


Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Personal


3 responses to “In stitches

  1. darlenemb

    January 12, 2010 at 6:24 am

    This is a fun poem to share with all my “seamstress” friends!


  2. Ellen Grace Olinger

    January 12, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I love this poem!


  3. violet

    January 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Thank you Darlene and Ellen! So nice to get comments!! Bless you both.



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