Crocheting I

Each poem in this sequence was inspired by the name of a crochet pattern. First published in Presence #57, March 2017, page 47. Originally written 10–23 November 2002.


wedding table
a disposable camera
by the couple’s name

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summer garden—
dad’s old hoe
saved for kindling

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dawn of the day—
red leaves blow off
the kitchen skylight

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she tells me
I’m her heart’s desire . . .
budding blossoms

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daisy chain—
the fourth grader adds a link
to the teacher’s

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a calm sea—
she points out
her magic star

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unmowed field—
prairie flowers
mark the end zone

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April morning—
the smell of fresh paint
through a bedroom window