Darning

naked heart faded s

Memories
gather, opening
shadows—deep
raw lost lines
like threads of light unraveled–
heart silent, naked.

Sarah Connor at dVerse asked us to consider love tokens, and featured photos of tokens left by mothers at the London Foundling Hospital in the 1700s.  Of course the use of textiles appealed to me, but the heartbreak of having to leave your child in the hands of others, with only a glimmer of hope that someday you would be reunited, will not easily fade from my thoughts.

 

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35 responses to “Darning”

  1. Brendan says :

    Very well done — the fretful title cannot quite close the gaps opened in the poem. And that’s the rub, isn’t it …

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Those tokens and what they symbolize are heartbreaking.
    These lines: “raw lost lines
    like threads of light unraveled–
    heart silent, naked”

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  3. sarahsouthwest says :

    This is such a powerful recognition of pain. I love the way you wove the textiles into your words. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. lynn__ says :

    Your raw and tender poem unravels me to tears…

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  5. Jane Dougherty says :

    Darning itself is something I associate with poverty. It’s what grandparents used to do, and mothers, and I before I discovered charity shops for clothes and learned that children’s clothes are not worth spending much grief over—they don’t. I imagine those poor girls and women darning and darning, trying to keep some semblance of respectability though they were too poor to have kept their babies. Tragic.

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  6. Sharon Mann says :

    I read an article some ago about the London Foundling Hospital. It did bring me to tears. Your representation of that time in history is very moving.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sharon. I’m grateful to Sarah for showing us some of the tokens and giving us some background to them–we should all be aware of this story.

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  7. rivrvlogr says :

    Very moving, Kerfe.
    Sometimes there is no mending, only concealing.

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  8. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    The words are powerful and go very well with the art!

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  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    I think the saddest thing is all those little mementos, and I imagine that they represent mostly the children never claimed… I wonder what happened to most of them…

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    • memadtwo says :

      The sorrow does seem to flow out of the cards. Life is very difficult for those without resources, and I can’t imagine they were given much when they aged out of the hospital (much like our foster care system today, sadly).

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  10. Mary (tqhousecat) says :

    Deep raw lost lines…I feel this

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  11. Grace says :

    I specially like this part, very moving:
    like threads of light unraveled–
    heart silent, naked.

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  12. Jodi says :

    oh Kerfe…….. such poignant sorrow………..

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  13. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like the description of unraveling threads of light.

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  14. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says :

    threads of light unraveled This whole topic just steal my heart – and that is a great description.

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  15. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    There’s colors and texture in this; lots to feel.

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