Tuesday, February 12, 2013

crinoline (&)

crinoline (&)

“As if that was the only thing you could do with quilts.”
“Everyday Use,” Alice Walker

“Or a piece of my hair or my clothes.”
“Lady Lazarus,” Sylvia Plath

i collect the tattered remains
of shirts & pants worn with you

now threadbare & out-of-date

fashion passes like stones in a well
woven fabric will fail under weight

i too soon wore out my welcome

still i gather needle & thread in hand
to piece together cherished remnants

quilting is recollection crafted into use

blanketing the ticking decay of living
under a menagerie of resurrecting you

no longer jumping through crinoline hoops

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