Two Sewing

by Hazel Hall

Needles-of-rainThe Wind is sewing with needles of rain.

With shining needles of rain

It stitches into the thin

Cloth of earth. In,

In, in, in.

Oh, the wind has often sewed with me.

One, two, three.

Spring must have fine things

To wear like other springs.

Of silken green the grass must be

Embroidered. One and two and three.

Then every crocus must be made

So subtly as to seem afraid

Of lifting colour from the ground;

And after crocuses the round

Heads of tulips, and all the fair

Intricate garb that Spring will wear.

The wind must sew with needles of rain,

With shining needles of rain,

Stitching into the thin

Cloth of earth, in,
In, in, in,
For all the springs of futurity.
One, two, three.

Hazel Hall was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1886. She published three books of poetry during her career: Curtains, Walkers, and Cry of Time. She was much-loved in her lifelong home state of Oregon; the Oregon Book Award is named jointly for Hall and poet William Stafford. Hall died in Portland, Oregon in 1924.

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