February 02, 2007


Here is my contribution to the Second Annual Brigid in Cyberspace Poetry Reading.

The Old Woman’s Chair

It’s the holding on to
I envy, the springing back
from every press
without a flinch or groan.
I want to sink into its creases
with the other dust and grime,
hide my flesh in its grooves,
let my stuffing hang out
under cat-scratched arms,
rock back on padded knees,
exude a human sigh
as you settle into my lap.
I want to stay around for years,
too useful to discard,
too heartless to care –
outlive you, every one!

By Susan McMaster

And an extra one, because it’s about me!

The Naming
for Aven

I walked through mountains
in my sleep. There were
avens everywhere,
springing from grit and shale,
a kestrel wheeling,
a pica’s whistle,
and so far I could hardly hear it,
a horned lark’s cry.
Or was it you calling out
with the high, wild wind,
calling out your name,
spiralling mare’s tails
across the thin sky,
rustling the stars
clustered at my feet?
Surely it was you
in the white rush of water
cascading in a blue tumult
towards me from the peaks –
exultant over stone.

By Susan McMaster

In case it’s not clear, Susan is my mother. The link will take you to her website, which has a few other poems up, and information about her books of poetry and other creative achievements.

Posted by Aven at February 2, 2007 02:45 PM

It is all about you! I love that your mother wrote it for you.

That’s a great poem about a chair. Exactly the kind of chair I’d want in my home.

Posted by: Carrie K at February 2, 2007 04:33 PM

What a lovely poem - and how lovely that your mother wrote it for you!

Posted by: melanie at February 2, 2007 04:54 PM

Oh, how neat! To have a poem just for you.

Posted by: fillyjonk at February 3, 2007 09:19 AM

What a fascinating blog — knitting, poetry, and all kinds of inspiring things. (I’m a hopeless knitter, but I’m a great spectator of the sport of knitting.)

Posted by: Ann D at February 4, 2007 03:10 PM

Hi all, thanks for the comments, and it’s easy to write about my charming daughter.

Posted by: Sue at February 4, 2007 05:16 PM