The Story Girl

the lake is deep enough

flowers pink

I thought you might enjoy this sewing related poem. It comes from Worth by Robyn Schiff. Many of the poems in this collection are inspired by the great couture houses (such as House of Worth as noted in the book’s title) and her language is a luscious and exquisite as the garments she draws inspiration from.

House of Dior
Robyn Schiff

Now we are on the chapter of pleats.
The impatience to fold, the joys of having folded,
the pleasures of folding them again.
Fabric enough in the sleeve to drape the dress,
in the skirt to drape a chest of drawers,
in the dress to drape the view of trees blacked-out
along the walk from here to the next
house. Walking in the dark inside the house
this is the black we black the windows with.
I have hung the last square of cloth.
Good-bye porch. Good-bye midnight postman
with your sack of envelopes. My love sings
to himself. Each pleat steps into the seam
with a pin in its mouth. Crease upon crease,
a fan on which an embroidered rowboat sits
at the far edge of a lake. The lake is deep enough.


Comments (1)

Comments (1)

  1. sallie Says:
    February 4th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Just gorgeous. Thank you.

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