Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

Patchwork

by Diane Cook

Some travellers found a map one day
in a chest like Galileo’s,
 
the simple story of a planet,
they thought,
on strange, soft parchment
its pathway
its fire and shadow
its swelling star,
 
then beyond the symmetry
something wondrous:
 
a taut dress that danced on a deep, smoky night
the scent of sleep caught in a coverlet like a poppy
a mantra whispering under the hand - sash, Sashiko
 
and they marvelled,
only knowing a line as unreachable distance
a curve as eternal space,
at the beauty of these forgotten equations
where a kiss and a dream and a poem
could be sewn through to silver
and reflect stronger than any star.
 
 
(Sashiko is a Japanese decorative running stitch used in quilting, literally meaning “little stabs”)
 
 

Added: 26.04.2010

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