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I’ve put my life together
like a patchwork quilt,
and almost finished.
It is beautiful—
the lawn freshly groomed,
drawers organized,
all of the pictures straightened on the walls.
Friends, travel, career, family, art, writing–
a happy life that 
I have stitched together,
hiding the pain under the seams.

The NaPoWriMo prompt today is  to peruse the work of  a twitter bot, and use a line or two, or a phrase or even a word that stands out to you, as the seed for your own poem.  “Under the seams runs the pain.” is the line from a Mary Ruefle tweet that I selected as my seed. When I Googled it, it said that it was a quote by  Anne Carson in Autobiography of Red,

For some reason, my Photos system has gone crazy on my computer and I can’t preview or edit them or get them down to size, so I’m publishing this and will try to add photos later. Thanks to Forgottenman, we now have photos.  I hope.

7 thoughts on “Patchwork

  1. slmret

    A great poem, Judy — the concept of hiding the pain under the seams of the quilt of life is so true to each of us in one way or another! And your quilt is truly beautiful!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      The two quilts were made by a fabulously talented friend whose name just this minute deserted me! Damn I hate that. The bird was done by a lady down here. I purchased a large tapestry by her for my niece and should have put a photo of it on this post. I’ll go back later today and add a photo and post their names. An oversite that I didn’t before..Deanna and Mary are their first names.. memory slowly being restored. bbl

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