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Closely Knit

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For My Mother in Hospice

Wait until I finish
spinning the thread,
until this blanket
spooling across my knees
is finished;

wait beyond autumn
to let the pattern form:
a dark stand of fir,
a pale knot
of rabbits,

a snow flurry—
every flake tether
and bind.

Wait until I have finished
to fold this spread
above and below
you

wait a bit longer
before sleeping.

Forever you will lie
beneath dark fir,
a pale knot of mourners
and a cover of snow.


Kristin Roedell is a retired attorney. She is the author of Girls with Gardenias and Downriver. She is a Best of the Web and Pushcart Prize nominee, the 2013 winner NISA’s 11th Annual Open Minds Quarterly Poetry Contest, and a finalist in the 2013 Crab Creek Review poetry contest. Her manuscript Downriver was a finalist in the Quercus Review Press poetry prize. Her work has appeared in over sixty journals and anthologies, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Switched-on Gutenberg, CHEST, Crab Creek Review, and damselfly press. She has two grown daughters, of whom she is inordinately proud.


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