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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Raveling"
This poem came out of the June 7, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by janetmiles.




The Gay Agenda

1) Do laundry

2) Pick up milk

3) Vacuum

4) Destroy social fabric of America

5 Take up knitting


Sometimes there is nothing to do

but break down and begin again.


The sweater is too tight,

strangling breath and speech.


Take it off.

Search for the loose thread.



Wind the end around your fingers as it ravels,

still crimped from the stitches,

knit and purl unbecoming into rumpled yarn.

Snip the yarn into short sections,

unply the strands and

tease the fibers into fluff.

Toss the stuff with loose fingers.

Let the colors merge and mingle into chaos.


Then dip the combs into the basket

and card the soft mass by firelight.

Stroke the rolls off the silver pins

and lay them gently in a row.

Kick the spinning wheel until it flies

too fast to see, swallowing the rolls of fluff

and twirling them into yarn again,

wound around and around

the sharp bright promise of the spindle.


Finally, catch the yarn

between slender needles

and remind it how to hold itself

close against the cold winter wind.

Knit something looser, larger, wider, warmer,

enclosing the soft throat of civilization

in a scarf of every subtle color spun together.


It's funny how often people forget

that creation follows destruction

likes the spokes of an endlessly spinning wheel.



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red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: June 11th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your take on this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 11th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
natf From: natf Date: June 16th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
OOoo nice feel to this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 16th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this one. I figured that crafters would.
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