The Universe by Carol Smallwood

It must be true: the Universe has no edge or center as I’ve read
so it brings me security to make patchwork quilts at night;
it makes sense to cut up pieces to sew with needle and thread.

“You are not lonely when you sew,” Grandmother often said
as she sewed apron after apron with evident delight;
It must be true: the Universe has no edge or center as I‘ve read.

Other activities most likely should have been my stead:
quilt after quilt I’ve made at night sitting straight, upright:
it makes sense to cut up pieces to sew with needle and thread.

Mixing pattern with plain, varying width until ready for bed,
securing the needle easy to spot on a piece extra bright—
it must be true: the Universe has no edge or center as I’ve read.

Fleece, flannel, denim, have made many a patchwork spread
and those who receive them do express thanks forthright:
it makes sense to cut up squares to sew with needle and thread.

I’ve concluded I’ll have no edge or center when I’m dead
and finding security sewing squares is better than fright.
It must be true: the Universe has no edge or center as I’ve read
it makes sense to cut up pieces to sew with needle and thread.

 previously appeared in Lady Ink Magazine & Sheepshead Review

Carol Smallwood started creative writing when she retired, went back to college.

 

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