Rock River Poetry Contest 2003 Illinois winner
The Rock River Times presents the Illinois winner in the 2003 Rock River Poetry Contest, Allison Joseph of Carbondale.
I want to stitch a poem I can wear
as loosely as a faded summer dress
thats fragile but still colorful, the best
that I can offer up, my shoulders bare
but warm beneath the sun, my skin aware
of languid August heat, but not oppressed
by humid reveries, the seasons stress
not stunning me until I cease to care.
But I cant sew a garment out of words
until I know their textures inside out,
learn how to work their threadsthe silky ones
that move like satin over limbs, assured
and sleek, the strident ones that clash and shout.
Ill stitch them all with fingers, pen, and thumb.