Tie them strong

scraps of fabric

carefully sewn to the sky

(look twice, those aren’t clouds)


a secure knot,

some thread, the needle

a couple of painful stitches


in the tragedy of the names,

a map to cross the desert

of the memory


bent, still at work

the hand moves up and down,

commanding the tide


a whisper on the lips,

the thread trembles a while

then flutters away – not that far away


scraps of fabric, fragments of life,

tie them strong ‘cause time will try to rip them off

(like the rudest passer-by)

Giudecca Island, Venice - Italy
Giudecca Island, Venice – Italy



4 thoughts on “Tie them strong

  1. melodylowes May 16, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Wow – this is one of my all-time favourites. Love it!

  2. Francina May 17, 2013 / 5:30 am

    stunning poem, Laura, a bittersweet memorable poem. I love it.
    Ciao, Francina

    • The right mood May 23, 2013 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you Francina! I wish you great days, wherever you are now. I can’t wait for your next post..

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