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Hazel Hall

Heavy Threads

About this Poem 

“Heavy Threads” was published in Hall’s book Curtains (John Lane Company, 1921).

Heavy Threads

Hazel Hall

When the dawn unfolds like a bolt of ribbon
Thrown through my window,
I know that hours of light
Are about to thrust themselves into me
Like omnivorous needles into listless cloth,
Threaded with the heavy colours of the sun.
They seem altogether too eager,
To embroider this thing of mine,
My Day,
Into the strict patterns of an altar cloth;
Or at least to stitch it into a useful garment.
But I know they will do nothing of the kind.
They will prick away,
And when they are through with it
It will look like the patch quilt my grandmother made
When she was learning to sew.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

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James Wright, Academy Fellowship recipient, at a poetry reading at the Donnell Library Center, New York City, 1972