The Sewing Box

NaPoWriMo DAY TWENTY 20 April 2020

Prompt asks to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamon toast from your grandmother, a mix-tape from an old girlfriend. And whatever gift you choose, happy writing!


handy four-drawer cube

size like lego-ed from four

carry-around notebooks

aunt Liza’s favorite look

on tenterhooks she scored

the sewing box for Mom

sturdy cardboard covered

in patterned, green cotton, blue

meadow flowers festive goose

red bow, loose, entices round its neck

though pulled-out lower left drawer

slices goose neck in two

mending’s smart, a healing art

soothing like spring’s cuckoo call

in rhythm with each stitch

soothing like buds

bewitch tall naked beech

soothing like knowing all

will be well

mending reunites

what belongs together

like neck again tethered

when drawer’s right

back in place

loved to sit close to Mom

feel her warmth

sense her fragrance

thread a needle

watch her knowing hands

never feeble, do a nimble dance

listen to her hum

hum along

favorite song

“don’t fence me in”

maybe sent me outdoors

preferred sowing to sewing

o to e, small vowel switch

o jolly, more sonorous

hope for growth

yet continued sewing

vowels into syllables

syllables into words

made up magic sewing box

stitch together, mend, soothe

maybe sow meaning

learning to thread

word after word

thru needle’s ear

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