‘A Lace Piece’ (A Pantoum) by Carol Smallwood The Society August 28, 2014 Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment There’s a wonder about it, the fragile beauty of lace. Many kinds for centuries have been important to own; one can go to Ireland, Flanders, from place to place— they’re in catalogs: Irish, Mechlin, lace for the home. Many kinds for centuries have been important to own; even I have Battenberg and Grandmother’s crochet. They’re in catalogs: Irish, Mechlin, lace for the home; bobbins have made many a stitched bouquet. Even I have Battenberg and Grandmother’s crochet to clutch at night, seek at dawn to see its grace. Bobbins have made many a stitched bouquet, painters captured delicate collars in the portrait face. To clutch at night, seek at dawn to see its grace is a security that would be impossible to replace. Painters captured delicate collars in the portrait face: with me, a lace piece or two, will always have a place, is a security that would be impossible to replace: to see patterns in the daily maze; with me, a lace piece or two, will always have a place: the enjoyment of lace is not just a passing phase to see patterns in the daily maze. One can go to Ireland, Flanders, from place to place— the enjoyment of lace is not just a passing phase: there’s a wonder about it, the fragile beauty of lace. Carol Smallwood’s over four dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences is a 2014 collection from Lamar University Press; Divining the Prime Meridian, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions. She has appeared in such journals as: Drunken Boat; The Writer’s Chronicle; The Main Street Rag; Jelly Bucket; English Journal. Carol has founded, supports humane societies. Featured Image: “Lily of the Valley, Lace, Williamsburg Tea Caddy” by Jeanne Illenye Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related One Response Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi August 28, 2014 Beautiful pantoum, Carol! I love the lace theme so much! It is as though you are weaving a delicate piece of tapestry with poetry. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.