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Patchwork and poetry

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


One day I passed a beautiful sewing, knitting and patchwork shop. They announced an introductory class making a Ohio star. It is as you can see a simple nine block pattern. being a novice and born in Ohio I decided to give it a try.  And here is the result.
I kept thinking about patchwork and my friend Roselyn Johnson who is a master quilter and a really nice lady. Owning one of her wild quilts I decided to try for my own composition in the somewhat larger size of a bedspread or a throw, and joined a group of women quilting and patchworking together. Of course being a poet I couldn't help myself.

a nine patch Ohio Star,

because of poverty

in winter

the blocks are made

in summer they are put together

and then when blanket

given to

whom needs it most

my mother couldn’t do it

left Ohio

and only now

I know

I am a Ohio Star

sewn together of scraps

of continents and countries

languages and longing

so I give myself away

in the brave choice

of brightest color

a riot of displacement

in this port

finding a coherence

of sort