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. Also see “Star Wheel” and my microchapbook Star Wheel (Origami Poems Project, 2020).

wedding table

a disposable camera

by the couple’s name


summer garden—

dad’s old hoe

saved for kindling


dawn of the day—

red leaves blow off

the kitchen skylight


she tells me

I’m her heart’s desire . . .

budding blossoms


daisy chain—

the fourth grader adds a link

to the teacher’s


a calm sea—

she points out

her magic star


unmowed field—

prairie flowers

mark the end zone


April morning—

the smell of fresh paint

through a bedroom window