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christine murrayChristine Murray is a City and Guilds Stone-cutter. Her poetry is published in a variety of print and online publications. Her poem for three voices, Lament, was performed at the Béal festival in 2012.  Her Chapbook, Three Red Things was published by Smithereens Press in June 2013. A collection of poems called Cycles was published  by Lapwing Press in 2013. A dark tale called The Blind (Poetry) was published by Oneiros Books in 2013. She has reviewed poetry for Post (Mater dei Institute), Poetry Ireland and Writing.ie. Chris writes a poetry blog called Poethead; a Poetry Blog, which is dedicated to the writing, editing and translation of women writers. She is a member of the International PEN Women Writer’s Committee. sans is taken from The Blind.


 

 

 

 

 

sans

 

I.

 

it is all ceremony

it is all the cloths

all gathered-in

 

it is white tailor’s chalk

in a neat triangle

it is the blanket-stitch

before the machine

 

it is the neighbour woman

with her bone-pick

pulling stitches

one by one

from the curtain lining

 

the [bone-pick] is ivory coloured

a little larger than a [tooth-pick]

nubbed to cradle under the silks

 

and lift them up

so she can snip it at the ties

 

 

II.

 

the little knot hidden in back of the material stretched out across her knees is silver

the thread is doubled-to

 

the material is some floral-stuff on white laid onto a cream skirting

she will rinse it out in cold water later

 

and hang it on the monday line the blue-blue rope of the monday line

the length of material

 

is clean / sweaty from her handiwork

she will hang it over the gauze of her nets which are always immaculate

 

her effort is blind/

she does not need eyes to feel her work her gathering-to of the pleats

 

 

 

 

 

©2013 Christine Murray

 

 

 

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