The Patchwork Quilt, Carrie A Hall

Of all the things a woman's hands have made,
The quilt so lightly thrown across her bed--
The quilt that keeps her loved ones warm--
Is woven of her love and dreams and thread.

When I have spoken to you of its beauty--
"A mere hodge-podge of calico," you said,
"A necessity of homely fashioning,
Just a covering made of cloth and thread."

I new you'd missed the message hidden there
By hands that fashioned quilts so long ago.
Ambition and assurance are the patches
And the stitches of a quilt are love, I know.

I think a quilt is something very real--
A message of creation wrought in flame;
With grief and laughter sewing into its patches
I see beyond the shadows, dream and aim.

One of my favorite poems and my favorite past-time.
From: The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, by Carrie A. Hall and Rose G. Kretsinger, written in 1935.

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Anonymous said...

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Lynne said...

That is beautiful! Would you mind if I reposted the poem on my blog? I would of course link to you and give credit to the author.

Anonymous said...

Nice poem... I had never heard it before. Thanks for sharing :)

Jenny said...

Beautiful! It makes me think twice about saying "oh, it's nothing" when someone compliments my work!

Margins. said...

HI Waterrose!

Oh that poem is beautiful. Puts the quilt into perspective. Thanks for posting this!

picciolo said...

beautiful poem!
: )

snowy652 said...

the poem made me smile

blessings ~ Shell

Anonymous said...

The art and skill and love in a quilt, all neatly summed up. Lovely poem!

storybeader said...

that was a sweet poem, and so true. Thanks for sharing.

Jen said...

what a beautiful poem! thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments about my own poem for the etsybloggers carnival post.

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