Walking by Inner Vision
Poem: Afternoon Embroidery Lesson
by Lynda McKinney Lambert
This poem is one of my most beloved poems. I created this poem from a scene in my childhood memories. It was one of those special moments in life when an adult teaches a child a lesson or skill that is treasured for a lifetime. This poem shows the relationship I had as a child, with my mother and grandmother. They were role models for me as they taught me the value of using my hands to create art.
~Lynda McKinney Lambert
Afternoon Embroidery Lesson
An afternoon embroidery lesson
Beauty is a blue silk thread
Carefully stitched into ivory cloth
Did she know my destiny?
Education begins in a quiet place
For a little girl and her mother
Holding on to a slender needle
I slid through the secret places
Journeys of self-discoveries
Kitchens are sacred spaces
Lost in timeless whispers
My mother’s patience is endless
Needles, cloth, scissors, floss
Objects are symbolic metaphors
Powerful as distant legends
Questions – could she
Recognize these private moments?
Sitting quietly with her child
Time and inspiration are gifts
Universal connections for life
Visualized my inner longings
Weaving strands of sunny days
X-stitch patterns sewed in a weave
Yellow-gold knotted threads
Zinnias bloomed on my holy cloth.
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You can Read Along with voice recording.
“Afternoon Embroidery Lesson” Narrator, Lillian Yves
NOTE: Afternoon Embroidery Lesson (Poem) appeared in the following publications:
_Indiana Voice Journal, October 4, 2016. Issue #27.
_Lambert, Lynda McKinney. Star Signs: New & Selected poems, DLD Books, 2019. On Amazon Click Here!
_Poetry Treasures 2 : Relationships.
Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships
Edited by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynne Booth. April 2022. WordCrafters press, 2022. On Amazon Kindle BUY it HERE!
Listen to this poem from Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, Audible
Narrated by Lilian Yves – Click on Sound Recording below.