Sunday, 19 January 2014

The View from Behind by Sr Anne Higgins

Tapestries look
like battlefields
from the back.
Threads like soldiers
in hand to hand combat -
who is most resilient?
Arms locked,elbows out,
clenched fists of knot
like small skirmishes
across the expanse.
Who is most flexible?
Stitches quarrel
in overbearing voice,
rush to trenches,
maintain positions.
Colors invade
each others' territory,
singing violent
of light.
All clamor, all struggle,
it faces the wall of faith
while the weaver
and the watcher
work from the front.

Sr Anne Higgins, Maryland, USA


Crafty Green Poet said...

Anne Higgins teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg Maryland. She has had about a hundred poems published, in Commonweal, Spirituality and Health, and a variety of small magazines. She has given poetry readings at local bookstores and colleges, and was invited to give a reading at the Art and Soul Conference at Baylor University in February of 2001, and at the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing in 2002. Garrison Keillor has read two of her poems on “The Writers Almanac” – on 10/8/01 and 8/8/10.

She has published six books of poetry: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000,; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007, a chapbook ,Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008,another chapbook, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press, 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock Publishers 2010, and Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press, 2013.

Anne has a blog: in which she reflects on poetry, prayer, gardening, birding, teaching, and life in general.

A Cuban In London said...

I loved the ending. Really nice. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.