Poem in the Works: “Unraveled”/conclusion


I’ve been drafting a poem out loud in public for all to see in all its messy, wordy reality. Today, the conclusion. After this, it’ll need some sleep before facing the knife. It’s not high art, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the story of it. THANKS for the emails and comments and tweets, friends!

Continuing from last post.

…I kept it contained
in a cheerful quilted bag
that sat beside my dresser
like a patient in a waiting room,
expecting, every shuffle of activity,
to hear his name called,
but no call comes.
There was nothing in the instructions about this.

(I write these lines while sitting in a waiting room.)

Answers come at their appointed times.

Here, it was two weeks ago Tuesday,
a completely unremarkable morning,
when, first time in two years,
I peeked in the bag
to remember the exact shade of green I had loved.
Right then, sudden and expected, it came –
quietly, quickly,
gentle as a feather falling:
I don’t need to knit this anymore.

It took a few days to muster courage, but now
I slide stitches
off a needle,
and watch
the unraveling I’ve needed to accept,
that things will not finish the way I first imagined
…and it’s okay.

I see now
what I could not see for so long,
that something beautiful can still be made
of what remains behind.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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5 Responses to Poem in the Works: “Unraveled”/conclusion

  1. Pingback: Poem in the Works: “Unraveling”/part 3 | MarilynYocum.com

  2. Fern Boldt says:

    I’d like to see the entire poem put together.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. slachie says:

    I love it! And I love it even more (if that were possible) because I had the rare pleasure of being included in the process. Thank you! 💕

    Liked by 1 person

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