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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: The Weaver's Art
By Linda Watson Owen
02/05/06


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With sweet control of every stitch
I watch her skillful hands
weave in and out a tapestry
of wonder with each strand.

Sundry threads and simple tools
transform into pure art,
as hands of wise experience
and knowledge do their part.

The mystery of what will be
grows clearer with each step,
while nimble fingers dance with yarn
in patterns intricate.

Row by row her patient heart
follows the master plan
and varies not to take or add
at whim’s playful command.

Capricious art she’ll wisely save
for yet another day,
but this at hand calls for each stitch
to be precisely made.

On and on the rhythm sure
moves hands that know by heart
the necessary discipline
that births the weaver’s art.

Winter’s chill will find her still
faithfully at work
in her mesmerizing waltz
with the warp and woof.

Then one day the last thread ends.
All the work is done,
and in beauty all may see
her treasure formed by love.

With skilled control and purposed plan,
the weaver crafts her art
and leaves to those who come behind
a treasure from the heart.


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Anita Neuman02/06/06
Beautiful poetry! This is my favourite verse:

Row by row her patient heart
follows the master plan
and varies not to take or add
at whim’s playful command.

Great job!
Laurie Glass02/06/06
What a heartwarming poem. Your words painted pictures. The last stanza was my favorite. Very nice.
Nina Phillips02/10/06
This was ultra nice. The last stanza stands apart-and is the one that most touches my heart. God bless ya, littlelight
Jan Ackerson 02/11/06
I love "the mystery of what will be / grows clearer with each step..." The most subtle of messages, captured with a very apt metaphor. Beautiful rhythm that matches the weaver's handiwork. As usual, awe-inspiring work.
dub W02/11/06
Very nice, a little difficulty in parts, but a great effort overall.
Joanne Malley02/11/06
This is beautiful! You had much control of your word choices! Wonderful job. :)
Cassie Memmer02/11/06
This is lovely. I especially like the last two stanzas. I can just see the dear lady working away. Very nicely done!
Cassie Memmer02/11/06
Also: How wonderful if our lives could be 'finished' as her artful weaving! A treasure of love left for all those who remain. Lovely!
Dara Sorensen02/11/06
I love it! The last stanza is especially close to home.
Suzanne R02/12/06
Beautiful imagery, beautiful poetry, just beautiful!
Pat Guy 02/13/06
Linda - this was one of my personal favorites! Beautiful in every way. Great work - as always.
Beth Muehlhausen02/13/06
Totally lovely - and nostalgic for me. After my knitter/seamstress mother passed away, I had a vision of her weaving a tapestry of golden threads for the Lord....and your poem brought back the sense of harmony and fulfillment I felt for her even though her death is 18 years in the past. Thanks for this...and the "heart-level" masterpiece. :-)
Val Clark02/15/06
Such a visual poem! What a beautiful picture you've painted. Loved the rhythm that seemed to echo the movement of the weaver's hands. Yeggy