In Hospital

I like seeing nurse frieda knitting
as I like watching my wife knitting
as I liked watching my mother knitting
though she was more of a dabber
(plain and purl, plain and purl)
 
it's not
"women being in their place"
or knitting the chains that keep them down
 
just
 
the future, knitting the future
the present peaceful, quiet
as if
 
the same woman knitting
for a thousand years

from outside the narrative: Poems 1965-2009 (Etruscan Books/Wordpower Press, 2011), © Tom Leonard 2011, used by permission of the author.

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