Quilt [15 Words or Less Poems]

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Quilt from Mom 15wol
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Hello, writer and educator friends. As I’m clearing out loads of stuff, I keep coming across things full of memories–of my mom, of my kids when they were little, of my own school days, etc. My mom was a quilter, and this tag on the back of one of our quilts says, “Merry Christmas to Laura, Randy & girls, with love, Mom, 1996.” (Annabelle and Madeleine are long names to fit on a heart on the back of a quilt square!)  This image makes me think of:

  1. stitches made out of steel
  2. the tied wedding quilt she made us, in country peach and blue (combo of which now makes me shudder a bit), which is well-loved and falling apart
  3. when Maddie had to get stitches in her back (just the word stitches took me there)

And here’s my first draft, which ended up having nothing to do with quilting or stitches, but was instead inspired by all the different ways that parents show their love for their kids.

love notes 15wol 

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11 Responses


    A mother’s love holds fast
    stretching from the past
    memories that last.

  2. I love your poem for its specificity and that little tear it makes in my eye.

    Stitched into your heart
    between the beats
    a fountain of love

    Sending love to you, Laura, through this tough time of clearing out and Mom memories.

  3. Good morning Laura and 15 Words or Less community. Thankfully quilting is still alive and well and will provide sustenance for generations to come. The date on your quilt,1996, is the year I lost my dad, mom and grandma, in that order. Your quilt generates feelings of joy and precious memories, despite my verse for today.


    Hearts and flowers
    fill life with love
    in preparation
    for the mourning dove.

  4. How wonderful to have those well-worn treasures made by your mom. I still have the tattered quilts that my grandmother made for me more than 50 years ago (and that covered my daughter’s bed for many years.) Love the peanut-butter scented notes in your poem, Laura…and the laugh lines remind me of the photos you’ve posted of your mom.

    Buried Treasure

    In the garden
    beneath the redbud
    hidden by sedum and fall anemones–
    a heart-shaped rock.

  5. Such lovely, heartfelt poems here today put me in a reflective mood.

    From injury to surgery,
    the child’s stitches -
    a scar
    on the mother’s heart.

  6. Thinking about you and your family, Laura. Sending lots of hugs from Gotham City.

    Embroidered hearts stitched
    across Momma’s flowered quilt –
    a blanket of love.

    © Charles Waters 2016 all rights reserved.

  7. Sorry this is so long but it is what I felt when I saw the prompt I was given my quilt about five years ago but was never allowed to use it as a child

    My Raggedy Ann and Andy Quit

    Eyes of wonder sparkling
    A Very special Quilt My Quilt
    But partly a secret
    Kept tucked in cabaret
    Out of my reach
    My Quilt partly a secret
    I a child longed it rape my quilt
    Around me to keep it on my bed
    My Quilt Kept tucked in cabaret
    A secret keep
    My quilt they ley my bay niece
    Lay on in her crib but not me
    Tears streamed my young eyes
    That’s my quite a gift for me
    Kept tucked in cabaret
    A secret keep
    A gift from my birth mom
    A secret keep
    A Very special Quilt My Quilt
    But Kept tucked in cabaret
    A secret keep from me

  8. Poem By Jessica Bigi My Raggedy Ann and Andy Quilt

    Eyes of wonder sparkling
    A Very special Quilt My Quilt
    But partly a secret
    Kept tucked in a cupboard
    Out of my reach
    My Quilt partly a secret
    I a child longed to wrap my quilt
    Around me to keep it on my bed
    My Quilt Kept tucked in a cupboard
    A secret keep
    My quilt they laid my baby niece
    Lay on in her crib but not me
    Tears streamed my young eyes
    That’s my quite a gift for me
    Kept tucked in a cupboard
    A secret keep
    A gift from my birth mom
    A secret kept
    A Very special Quilt My Quilt
    But Kept tucked in a cupboard
    A secret kept from me

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