If I had made Different Choices,
what would my Knitted Nows be?
In so many lives and times
I chose Others’ Patterns and Designs
following their Instructions, their Rules,
even those of Scoundrels and Fools.
In some of my lives and times,
I stitched my own Designs and Ways,
creating my Nows authentically
in Row upon Row of years and days.
Sometimes I Cast my Purls
when I would have been wise to Knit
silently observing this World,
just keeping to myself
my ‘pearls of inner wealth’.
Sometimes I must stop Knitting
and examine my Creations
to find Beginnings of Mistakes
and Regrets, the Unraveling it makes.
Sometimes the Beauty gains my attention
as I pause, let go my Tension
and Count my Blessings, one by one.
When in poor health or pain,
is it time to Cast Off again?
(June 8, 2022- Shelley Wilson)