Classic and Contemporary Poetry
TO A QUILT IN A FRAME, by FLORA SHUFELT RIVOLA
First Line: It is such an awkward task, the quilting it
Last Line: In this quaint-patterned, touched-with-magic cover.
Subject(s): Quilts; Sewing; Women
It is such an awkward task, the quilting it,
Making the front room useless while it takes
The space. But all this granted, bit by bit,
Loveliness grows, at vast expanse of aches
From bending over it to stitch in fine
Beguiling patterns through its plainer places,
Making the forms stand forth, as line on line
Curve round sunbonnet babies' hidden faces.
Oh, man, withhold the word, the troubled speech,
At any inconvenience, while the wife
And mother sets in beauty that will reach
Down years and years; for round each little life,
The quilting done, her love at length may hover
In this quaint-patterned, touched-with-magic cover.
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