Stitches: Ayden 1990


What can I say? I’ve even forgotten how
to busy my hands with scraps of needle-
work, dumb hands unwilling to commit to
what the heart wont. Instead, I sit idle
staring out windows. Nothing fits the contours
of the landscape I was born to—absence
of mountains, dense green, and salt air that smothers
like family, like the waters I breathed penned
in my mothers womb. Hard to say when I
chose this: nothing the hand does
can stitch time back to that place where mind and eye
might mend the world to wholeness. Always
two worlds. What pattern governs this surface
inscrutable as the ocean, my mothers face?


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