Aunt Eunice stitched tiny threads of gold, poetry

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Aunt Eunice loved sewing keepsakes for her loved one's

Embroidering cotten pillowcases in beautiful golden sheen

Aunt Eunice stitched tiny threads as neat as her old Singer sewing machine

The yellow mums embraced the hunter green leaves nestled in a lovely bouquet spray

Tied with silk lavender ribbon, proudly put on display

Hands worn and twisted, joints swollen, agility waining

Her desire to stitch remains supreme, even though eyesight is sadly dimming

Her old rocking chair sets close to the crackling fireplace as she sews lovely gifts to share

She's marked each piece with names atop her keepsakes and signed with love and care

She knows she'll be remembered when her stitching ceases to be

The ones she loved so much, her wonderful earthly family.


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DJ Anderson 22 months ago

Oh, Ruby that is such a sweet poem.

It reminds me of my grandmother.

You did a beautiful job. You keep getting better and better.

Just lovely!

DJ.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England

Beautifully charming, Ruby. I have embroidery on silk done by my grandmother and other embroidered scenes done by my mother. I'm so glad I have something of them that is so tangible and so beautiful.

Perfect poetry.

Ann


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

There's a craft that has lost popularity over the years, and I think it's a shame. Today people are too busy or too distracted or whatever. I used to love watching my grandmother stitch while she talked to me and told me about the old days. This is a part of our history that is slowly fading from view, and I think it's sad. You captured it perfectly, by the way. Lovely work.


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV

There is nothing that compares to craft. The worth of something made from hand and heart can never compare to brand name products. Thank you for this wonderful poem. Jamie


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is a delightful poem Ruby, and the main image of the lady making a quilt fits perfectly. My wife is a stitcher, quilter, spinner..you name it so I can really relate to anything crafty. Well done, voted up.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you DJ. I'm so glad you liked my poem. My grandmother was not into any kind of homemade crafts, but I lived by an old woman who loved to make beautiful pillowcases and knitted items, which she freely showered me with. I thought of her as I wrote this. Im smiling because you made me happy thinking I'm getting better and better. Thank's again...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. I have some pieces my mother made and I cherish them. She was an expert seamstress, making my dresses and lovely skirts. I wish I'd kept them. I remember one dress in particular, it was blue with white lace collars and a big tie bow at the waist. Thank you for a lovely comment..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. I agree, but there are those of us who couldn't sew a straight stitch if our life depended on it, and I am one of them. I took two years of home economics and never learned to sew properly. We always had a style show at the end of the year and she always put me on the back row because I'd had to redo my hem so many times it looked raggedy and I was a shortie so I wasn't seen too much. lol. Thank you Bill..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jamie. I love anything that's made by hand, as you say, there's no comparsion. I have some embroidered pieces done by my sister Bea. I keep them neatly folded in a drawer for safekeeping. Really all of my sisters were good at handcrafting. My sister Virgie did beautiful ceramic wares and of course my sister Eva was a painter of everything beautiful. Thank you for coming to read and comment..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. I loved that picture too. Lucky you to have a wife that is gifted in crafts. I wish I could sew. I know it must be relaxing and fun to do. Thank you for the well done comment..


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Ruby, your poem is masterful. I love it! You have captured the simplistic beauty of the craft as well the one who stitches, perfectly. Blessings always


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

I find it sad and beautiful at the same time.. a stitch of fabric left behind.. to be shared by her family, perhaps forgotten one day.. I loved it Frank


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Family heirlooms are so special. I have doilies my grandmother crocheted when she was alive. I think of her every time I look at them.


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Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

Very effective poetic skills.

Wonderful writing.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Auuww, Ruby, this reminds me of my grandmothers as well as my mother :) Mind you, I too, will leave some fine handcraft and stitch work :) Sadly, I seldom if ever get the time these days for any creative hand work.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. Thank you for a most enthusiastic comment, so happy you enjoyed.

Blessings my friend


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Your comment made me wonder just how many lovely handmade gifts have been forgotten, sad to think about. I guess a painter of beautiful pictures has the best chance of being remembered, hey wait-up, Frank's short stories about crime will be around forever. Smiling..Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. I have some dresser scarves embroidered by my sister Bea that is precious to me. I think about her too when I look at her work. Thank you so much...I forgot to mention my sister Eva's paintings, they will remain as long as the family keeps sharing them...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Larry. So happy you enjoyed this piece. Thank you so much..


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manatita44 21 months ago from london

You've captured this very well, Ruby. Great Hub!


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I wish I could say that I have beautiful craft pieces to leave behind, but I don't. I absolutely can not sew a straight hem. Maybe I'll write a super-duper poem that they will remember. lol. I know you still hold down a job and time is limited, but you will write a beautiful story that will be remembered. I remember when you did write stories and I loved them..Hint-Hint..Hugs my friend..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. Thank you for the ' great hub ' comment. Thank you. Peace..


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clivewilliams 21 months ago from Nibiru

Simply Beautiful and unique, i love elderly folk, most are wise yet fun


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mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby, you have woven words as beautiful as any embroidery. The kindly Aunt stitched her love into every keepsake.


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Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful lines. As beautiful as those stitched pillow covers and even more. All these arts and crafts need to be pursued and protected by people. Now-a-days everything is going mechanical and men are transforming into machines with no love for arts and crafts. Your poetry reminds me of my wife and her mother who have done lot of stitching and embroidery and gifted everything to others.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

You've captured the love put into handmade gifts. Nothing is so beautiful as that given from the heart. I can see that old lady working on her craft even as she ages and finds it difficult, but she knows it is done with love and will be remembered with love.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Craft attempted with love and great emotions. You have presented with great feelings.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. Thank you for a beautiful and unique comment. I'm glad you like older people cos I'm getting there. lol..


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

Hi Ruby, that was so lovely! I never really had a family member do sewing like this, but I wish I had, it must have been lovely to watch them, better stress relief than any tablet! lol! wonderful!


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. Your comments are like poetry to 'me ears. I miss your poetry. I remember your beautiful poems on your series, EWC. Maybe you'll write some again? Thank you my faithful friend...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Venkatachari. You're right. it's almost a lost art. People are so busy and everything is ' store-bought ' Makes one wish for the good old days again. Thank you for coming to read and comment.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. That's what I saw when I looked at the picture. I love anything handmade. I have several pieces from family and a dear old lady whom I lived by years ago. Her days were filled with knitting and embroidering. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE, I'm glad you saw the feelings and emotions in this piece. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. All of my sisters and my mother did beautiful embroidery pieces. I think it is us who have the stress because we weren't gifted. lol. Thank you so much..cheers.


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ruby, you've painted a wonderful picture of aunt Eunice and her trusted Singer sewing machine. This is a delightful trip back to a gentler time when such things were valued because they were made with so much love. Beautiful poem.


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh, Ruby, this is sooo beautiful. These words brought back memories of my grandmother...her skilled embroidery and knitting of love. I still have a coverlet she made; it's one of my prized possessions. "She knows she'll be remembered when her stitching ceases to be..." I only wish I had her gifts; like the treasures of your Aunt Eunice. :-) You have her gifts in your poetry. Voted up+++ and shared.


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed, lovely poem. Your aunt must have woven lovely things for you.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo, I had an aunt Eunice but I don't think she ever made a stitch in her lifetime. She was my mother's younger sister. She married a wealthy farmer in In. and only had one daughter, Linda. They retired and moved to Fl. Her husband uncle Andy died there. One morning she came downstairs to make coffee and toast., she put a slice of bread in the toaster and pushed it down, the house exploded. She was blown out in the yard. The house completely destroyed. The house had a gas leak, when she pushed the toaster on it caused a spark. I remember her but was never close. I'm glad you came to visit. Thank you...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I'm so happy that this piece brought fond memories of your grandmother. I think one of the best keepsake I'll remember is Joe, my sister Mary made him for me years ago. She dressed him in overalls, boots, railroad cap and he had the cutest face. She made these dolls look alive with her special skill in making faces. I think everyone in the family has a doll. She mostly made little girls, they were adorable. I'm thrilled that you think I'm gifted in poetry. Thank you so much. Hugs...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur. I do have some lovely pieces made by different members of my family. I'm afraid I'm the only one who can't sew. I tried. I even tried to paint but ' no can do ' lol. Thank you for coming by...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful Your aunt must have left behind a treasure trove of lovely sewn memories. I love that picture it gives such a feeling of home and of love. Your poetic words express it all so wonderfully.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Rasma. I'm so glad you liked this piece of remembrance.


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

A loving legacy laced through every line - filled with heart and soul, dear Ruby.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have an overwhelming response here and I too enjoyed every bit of this hub. Voted Up.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. I am so happy when you grace my page with words that touch 'me ' heart. Thank you dear friend..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. Thank you kindly my friend..


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Awwww this is so poignantly expressed. I can see my Momma and some of my Aunts with gnarled fingers and failing eyesight sewing, crocheting, embroidering and all....

Lovely

Shared voted up++++ g+ and Pinned


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Patricia. Isn't it wonderful that so many can relate to this piece? I have so many beautiful items crafted by my loned one's. Thank you so much. Peace.


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

I think the needle and thread are such a wonderful metaphor--this is lovely Ruby!


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

This brought back sweet memories of my dear Mother as she sat night after night doing her needlework. She enjoyed Tatting (that is really a thing of the past).

Lovely Hub; I enjoyed it, and voted it UP, etc.


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey. I'm happy that you thought this piece was lovely. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. I'm glad this brought back memories of your mother. My mother loved to sew, she even made my brothers and sisters coats. She was not into crafts, but many of my sisters were. Thank you for sharing...

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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