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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Purled Legacy: a poem by grandson warm
By Henry Clemmons
04/07/08


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Knit, gnarled fingers, until broken shards of sunset fade
Join day
With night
Purl two together through back loop.

Stitch tight, eveningís cool breeze silk
Amid
Rows upon roses red dawnís yarn.


Kiss light the lips of mornís moist face
Grandson duels with deathís embrace
.


Pray, gnarled fingers, until scattered stains of sunrise stray
Join night
With day
Purl two together through back loop.

Stitch tight, faithís fabric freshest scent
Amid
Rows upon roses red hopeís yarn.


Kiss light the lips of mornís moist face
Grandson reaches for beckoned grace
.


Knit, clasped fingers, until hostile storms of panzers calm
Pray day
And night
Purl two together through back loop.

Stitch tight, far stars you cannot see
Amid
Rows upon roses red faithís yarn.


Kiss light the lips of mornís moist face
Grandsons warm
In your gnarled embrace
.


Post Script
The grandmother in this poem taught to treat every new day with respect; not knowing what it will bring. But, she added, prayer is the comforter (blanket) that gives us hope and strength to deal with each dayís events. While her grandson was off to war, she knit as she prayed for him. That comforter is on his grandchildís bed today.


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Christine Dunn04/10/08
A beautifully written poem, given even more depth by your explanation below. I love how you used the imagery of stitches and knitting.
Chely Roach04/10/08
Lovely poem...great imagery, tied in nicely with the author's note.
Benjamin Graber04/11/08
Did you write this one for me? My Grandma passed away last summer, and the poem moved me to tears... Thank you...
Let me also add that this is breathtakingly beautiful, and I think did a wonderful job "stitching" it together...

This is a jewel, the best I've read so far...
Rebecca O'Connor04/11/08
Love and prayer are the yarn worth knitting! Wonderful!
Beth LaBuff 04/11/08
Your poetry is beautiful. I loved everything about this. I love these refrains, "Kiss light the lips of mornís moist face -- Grandson duels with deathís embrace." Your postscript put it all together for me so that on a second read it was even more lovely. Thank you.
Joy Faire Stewart04/14/08
I love the warmth of the poem and the rich imagery. Beautiful!
Jan Ackerson 04/14/08
Oh my, oh my...this poem made me cry, it's so exquisite. Wow...
Glynis Becker 04/14/08
Absolutely lovely. I just got chills (in a good way) :)
Lyn Churchyard04/16/08
Beautifully moving. So full of love. What a wonderful Grandmother, stitching prayers around her grandson. Superb!
Sara Harricharan 04/16/08
This is very, very special! The format and the post script at the bottom. I loved the repeating line with

"Purl two together through back loop."

That made this seem real for me. Great job! ^_^
Joanne Sher 04/18/08
Congratulations, Henry, on placing 9th in your level and 25th overall. Great work!