POETRY IS LIKE TAKING A DEEP BREATH

Friday, 30 August 2013

QUILTS




Like a fading piece of cloth
I am a failure.

No longer do I cover tables filled with food and laughter
My seams are frayed my hems falling my strength no longer able
To hold the hot and cold

I wish for those first days
When just woven I could keep water
From seeping through
Repelled stains with the tightness of my weave
Dazzled the sunlight with my 
Reflection

I grow old though pleased with my memories
The tasks I can no longer complete
Are balanced by the love of the tasks gone past

I offer no apology only 
this plea:

When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end
Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt
That I might keep some child warm

And some old person with no one else to talk to
Will hear my whispers

And cuddle
near





Nikki Giovanni
1943-

Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni Jr. is an American writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She is currently a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech.



4 comments:

  1. When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt That I might keep some child warm
    And some old person with no one else to talk to
    Will hear my whispers And cuddle near

    Amen to that!Thanks for bringing it to light today.♥

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  2. Quite the most affecting poem I have read in some time, Friko.


    Thanks

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  3. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, Friko!

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  4. When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end
    Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt
    That I might keep some child warm

    Friko, this poem is phenomenal and gives me an idea with a a frame that needs something to nest in it. Thank you.

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