Stitch In Time–embroidery and poem by Miriam Sagan

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embroider the patten
with a split thread
licked and knotted
bringing to color
satin leaf and back tracked stem

cruciform
dragonfly
iridescent wings
in turquoise silk and cobalt

kill time
as time will kill
with each cross-
stitch
a winter’s afternoon
the doctor’s waiting room
warm evening with a waning moon

as time will tell
and also
take me down