Patchwork poem starting with a line by Linda France

Image: Kim Lewis

The sky’s a cotton whole-cloth quilt
spread ready for embellishment
adding glorious detail of light and shade
with swirls of wild commotion here and there
amid calmer spaces ─ of confrontation spare.
Or darkness rules
in sombre gloom-filled  grey
over the surface, appliqué
relieved from time to time by jewels
of sunrise blaze
or night-time sparkles.

Miz Quickly gives us a rerun of an old prompt, to start with a line by someone else.  She tells us to look around. Read some New-to-us poetry. … to look for a line that captures our imagination (and holds its own).  I had several poetry books for Christmas, and my line is the title poem from a chapbook daughter Sally gave me:   Border Song, with poetry by Linda France and Images by Kim Lewis

This is a favourite prompt for me – last year it resulted in the most read poem
on my blog, “Beauty crowds me till I die”



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25 Responses to Patchwork poem starting with a line by Linda France

  1. ayala says:

    Beautiful poem.

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  2. Bastet says:

    A lovely thing this patchwork quilt .. with many appliques and lovely jewels.

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  3. kanzensakura says:

    I love the sky as well. This is an excellent embellishment on the first line. What a wonderful idea. I so enjoyed this. I broke the long line of quilters in my family. But having watched my great grandmother through my mother quilt and having several old quilts done by older generations, I truly appreciate this poem. I am now deciding to go explorting among my books of poetry for new inspiration. Beautiful poem this is.

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  4. Bodhirose says:

    This is a really beautiful poem. Your comparison of the sky to a quilt worked perfectly, so enjoyed this. And thanks for the tip to use the beginning line of another’s poem to find inspiration.

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  5. In Texas, the sky is our ocean. It is vast and ever changing. Our moods and thoughts linger there and reflect it. You captured the aspects perfectly here. The poem is charming and beautiful.

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  6. I’m not the only one that enjoys the skies! Well done.

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  7. Glenn Buttkus says:

    A very interesting form, to start with another’s words. I am constantly inspired by others, & thus I usually start my poems with a quote. Leonard Cohen does kick start lots of my writing. You certainly shined within this style.

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  8. I completely understand why it was the most read!

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  9. MarinaSofia says:

    I can see why this type of prompt is a favourite of yours – your embellishments are magnificent. It reminds me of the Goldberg variations on piano. I am sure you could do multiple poems using the same line. But in this one the patchwork imagery is carried all the way through.

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  10. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Truly sublime!!!! 😀

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  11. Grace says:

    That’s a beautiful canvas of the sky ~ I specially love it when its grey then when the sun appears, it changes colors like a gem ~

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  12. I feel I see the sky in your poem, and maybe it’s the memory of that sky that keep us going through the darkest times.

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  13. I love what you did here! Wonderful.

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  14. julespaige says:

    Breathtaking actually. I often think of the night sky as black or indigo velvet dotted with pearls or diamonds 🙂

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  15. Your words are beautiful. I could get lost in their imagery.

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  16. you painted a lovely picture of Normandy’s skies.

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  17. What a fun way to get started. When I’m really stuck, I like to start a poem using a line from Mary Oliver. Love what you did with this.

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  18. restlessjo says:

    Jewels of sunrise are nice, Viv 🙂 And now, to the patchwork?


  19. katechiconi says:

    Some of this gives me the strangest feeling of déja vue: embellishment, appliqué, night-time sparkles… Viv, this is a beautiful poem, and so expressive of the inspiration that can seize a quilter!

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  20. tialys says:

    Some lovely images there Viv.

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