Colours twisted in chaos until order emerged. Whispering love, she knitted a uniquely patterned sweater. Kissing the white cotton every time she threaded her needle, she embroidered his undershirt; near invisible soaring birds and full-sailed ships to bring him swiftly home.

If only he had been faithful.

After she heard, her scissors ripped the sails and broke the wings. She crocheted a scarf to cross over his treacherous heart, her hook slippery with drowning tears.

When next he came back to her, she only recognised his water-logged body from the patterns she had woven into his sodden clothes.


Copyright 2016 by Paula Harmon. All rights belong to the author and material may not be copied without the author’s express permission

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