Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday April 6, 2011 NaPoWriMo

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The Dressmaker and the Letter "A"

It was a lesson
Sharp and strict
She had been accused

The letter "A" was appliqued
To the front of her dress
For everyone to see
She dropped her head

She wasn't even sure
She knew what they
Were talking about

There had been rumors
And whispers

When she finished her chores
She applied satin stitches
To the letter
Surrounding the "A"
With more decorative stitches
Including the fox, the monkey
And the geese

If she had to wear that "A"
Upon her dress
She would wear it beautifully

As she stitched
She thought of herself as
Creating her life
And she thought
There had to be more
Than one way

She basted the past
And the dreams of
Her future together
The long running stitches
Reminded her of the
Steps she took to
School and back

She skipped along
The border
And she bound the
Fraying edges
Of her young life

With her shears
She clipped small cuts
To ease
The corners and curves
The road of life was
Not straight

She looked carefully
For the grain lines
Hoping for a clue
As to the direction
She might take

She was but a young girl
The subject of a history lesson
Taught in school
She raised her head
Proud of the beauty
She had stitched
Upon the "A"


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so love this tale, Annell. Love "there had to be more than one way." Love the metaphor of the stitching, and the easing of the corners, "The road of life was not straight."

Fantastically good!

flaubert said...

Agreed, your use of metaphor is superb here, Annell. Nicely told.

Marilyn said...

Very beautifully life story told by your words. You do create magic in my heart.

Elizabeth said...

I do so love it when a writer finds a way to tell the other side of the story. Incredible bit of word stitchery you have done. And I love it,