Losing the Thread

When a seamstress loses the thread,
she becomes thorny: stitches
tighten in her gut and snakes breed
in her very soul, notwithstanding itches
in her fingers from tiny hollow hairs,
steeped in a poison that bewitches
and catches her unawares.
All fingers and thumbs,
and nettled by unforeseen hitches,
she waits for serenity and calm.

Kim M. Russell, 6th September 2019

Seamstress by Cat Schappach

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Kerry’s Weekend Challenge: Art Flash/55

For this weekend’s art collaboration, Kerry has introduced Cat Schappach, an illustrator in mixed media. Kerry says she is a marvel of dark surrealism, and I agree.  Cat has given permission for us to use her piece entitled ‘Seamstress’. I have chosen to write an ekphrastic Flash 55.

31 thoughts on “Losing the Thread

  1. Oh, wow! This is an inspired response to the artwork, Kim. I love the clever way you wove the rhymes throughout the lines – so many delicious ‘itches’ and word play. Love it!

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  2. Woe to she who loses her thread
    Seamstress in distress head will roll
    I am hoping here that calm and serenity will come soon. This is a nice poem, Kim, even though pathetic things are happening to your hero. But at the end there was a show of hope.
    BTW, growing up on a Nebraska farm we soon learned to avoid patches of stinging nettles.

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  3. Gorgeous wordplay in this, Kim! ❤️ I especially love; “All fingers and thumbs, and nettled by unforeseen hitches, she waits for serenity and calm.” 🙂

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  4. In your fifth line, did you mean “form” instead of “from”? (in her fingers from tiny hollow hairs) Perhaps not?
    You can please delete this.


  5. Ugh. Stinging nettles! Not being a sewer of any kind, I must take your word that losing a thread is frustrating. I only know when I lose my place braiding a pie crust rim. This is a wonder of similar words. All the itches speak to the frustration of the sewer.

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  6. A vexed trope on the image which yet perfects it. Of course–that’s what one morphs into once they lose the thread. Delightful unwindings here with rhymes which nettle the hex. So well done, Kim.

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