Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Colors in His Tapestries"

This poem came out of the March 20, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "wise" square in my 1/31/18 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Yellow Unicorns series.


"The Colors in His Tapestries"


The wise saint in the cave
is a favorite of the unicorns.

They amble up his hill
to graze on the wildflowers
while he watches, smiling.

They scratch their itches
on the blackberry bushes
that grow around the cave.

When the unicorns have gone,
the saint gathers tufts of yellow hair
and spins them into rarefied yarn.

He makes tapestries of holy scenes
and weaves the yellow yarn
to make halos for holy figures
and, of course, unicorns.

People pester him with questions,
wanting to know how he got
the colors in his tapestries.
They think it's some kind of dye.

He doesn't tell them otherwise.
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