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In Stitches
Violet Nesdoly


I am in the choice of pattern
and in my fantasy
of how the suit sketched in tweed
will be incarnated in velvet.

I am in the tissue pieces
laid precisely, pinned snugly
facing the right way
on the wrong side.

I am in the concentration of my tongue
and in the rhythm of my heart
as scissor blades
crunch, crunch, crunch.

I am in the synapses that pass
from instruction sheet to brain
to fingers, in spaces
filled with the conductive medium of faith.

I am on the rolling highway of stitches, even and perfect
seams, smooth and straight
then in the pin-prick that sees
something is wrong: I must rip and return.

I am in the mirror
reflecting shoulders that bag
a waist too tight
and a skirt that sags

Then at last, after being in gathers, easements
overcast hems and under the hot iron
I am, snug and snazzy,
in this garment I have made.


This poem first appeared at and subsequently appeared in Vogue Patterns Magazine (December 2010/January 2011 issue).
Used here with the author's permission.

Violet Nesdoly lives near Vancouver, British Columbia. When she's not working on various writing projects, she enjoys making art, reading, and walking local nature trails with her husband, camera  in hand. Violet is the author of two poetry collections and two novels; her poems have appeared in anthologies and a variety of print and online publications. Learn more about Violet at



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Really like this, I felt I was sewing with you and loved the textures and shapes your poem brought to mind.
Posted 08/15/2011 05:38 AM
The "I am," resonates with the eighth chapter of the John gospel, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." Bible or no, this is the line that makes this poem for me, "I am, snug and snazzy. Truly a 'payoff' line.
Posted 08/13/2011 08:39 AM

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