The Patchwork Quilt"
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 knew 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 sewn into its patches
I see beyond the shadows, dream and aim.
Author: Carrie A. Hall