Emily Chase ,  Saturniidae Clutch , 2014 ( Artist Website ) Stitched, burned and embroidered paper, watercolor, Swarovski crystals

Emily Chase, Saturniidae Clutch, 2014 (Artist Website)
Stitched, burned and embroidered paper, watercolor, Swarovski crystals

 

1.

That winter my mother learning to knit chose yarn the color
of a tooth & stitched her way across the empty field
salt & stalk into the wood where she grew tired
& lay down the long trail tangled around her
my grandmother following took them up
the needles the skein the wilderness
its holes & from them made
a blanket I still have—


2.


Set to ripen on the counter, one pear
never ripens. Winter sun, windowed—

light moves over it and it remains.
This stillness: my father

knuckled over,
hiding his face, his grief.

3.

The door isn’t safe
            the window isn’t safe
                        hide      here

                        in this corner here
            with your books
under the cut paper

flowers Shh pretend
            you are little seeds
                        planted in the garden

                         arms and legs curled
            not moving not yet
wait for spring

watch me      wait
            for my signal for
                        the cold cloud to pass

 

Erin Malone

 

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