Seamstress–dVerse Quadrille


She sits in her window,
in the old white rocker,
sewing shadow-memories
into a cohesive whole.

She’s alone now—
no one with whom to share
beauty, the texture of her life,
peppered with pain and giving.

Sunshine seeps through
half-opened blinds.
Still she waits.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons–Labeled for Non-commercial reuse.

A second Quadrille for De’s prompt at dVerse Poets’ Pub…a poem of 44 words, using the given word SHADOW. Please join us.

My original response to this prompt is here.

16 thoughts on “Seamstress–dVerse Quadrille

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Sad, but beautifully described.


  2. Tender, sad and powerful perspective on the aging.


  3. Shadows of my own
    dArk reflected and projected
    on Mother’s liGht..
    A liGht
    faiLed while
    mine yelLed from
    dArk.. A liGht liVinG
    alone and finding allone..
    no matter who
    or goes.
    A LesSon..
    how fortunate
    to be fulfilled
    by living and
    A leSson oF
    MoTher’s Shadow
    lives liGht as mE noW..
    and my father lived then A
    similar freeway2.. what went
    wrong for me.. unTil
    lost in A
    away from
    self-fill found now..
    hmm… perHaps what
    iS iN order.. soMe forAging
    and Hunting to find wE allone..:)


  4. Very poignant.I love the sunshine seeping through. Just that glimpse of light and warmth.


  5. So sad and so beautifully said, a very poignant poem.


  6. frankhubeny says:

    It is a sort of meditation or contemplation to sit by the window.


  7. Grace says:

    How tragic and sad ~ Love this part:

    sewing shadow-memories
    into a cohesive whole.


  8. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Oh this is soo beautiful and poignant both at the same time ❤️ especially ‘the texture of her life, peppered with pain and giving.’


  9. So beautifully sad.


  10. Brian says:

    poignant and so true for so many elders who deserve the respect of the young.


  11. kutukamus says:

    She might have lost aplenty
    But, I guess
    Never a soul 🙂


  12. Sue says:

    Great write, Victoria…. Sewing shadow-memories is a great line, as is ‘peppered with pain and giving’


  13. So sad, memories shadows and none to share them with… bring up so many feelings… I hope for that wait.


  14. kim881 says:

    I have tears in my eyes and can’t see the screen. Please excuse any wonky typing, Victoria.


  15. That’s just lovely. The blend of sadness and beauty, and the glimpse of hope at the end…


  16. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, Victoria.
    “sewing shadow-memories”

    Just so lovely. And so sad.


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