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Sarah Doyle – Threads

“Embroidery is the first thing I learned… I sat beside
my mother at her embroidery frame and watched the needle
come down and begged to be allowed to fasten the thread.”

………………………………….– May Morris, 1910
…………………………………..May Morris: Art and Life exhibition,
…………………………………..William Morris Gallery, 2018

Threads

I’m the life picked out in needlework, embroidered,
a chain-stitch away from parents whose artistry was
remarkable. I am the satin-stitch of dusky grapes, a
woman with fingers that spun silvery vines, wrought
always in a green that winter cannot wither. This I
was, and am, and more. I am a tangle of strawberries,
though this seed did not fall far from its trees. I am
none and all of these. I am fastened, coiled in skeins
of inheritance, soft as heather, the trellis of violets
you could almost smell. I am speckling feathers that
seemed to take flight, birds fledged of frame, calling
to my herringbone soul, a fly-stitch song. I am all that I
think and sew, all that I made and did not make. And
so the silk is cut, and I am where the threads break.

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Poet’s note to the reader: read the first word of each line,
going downwards, for another quotation from May Morris.

First published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review,
Volume XXVI, Number 1, Spring 2018
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Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence, and (with Allen Ashley) is co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014).  She holds a Creative Writing MA from Royal Holloway College, University of London.  Sarah has performed at numerous poetry events; has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies; and placed in many competitions.  She works as a freelance manuscript critique provider, and is currently co-editing a new anthology, Humanagerie, for Eibonvale Press.  Website: http://www.sarahdoyle.co.uk

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