Published in First Awakening: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by Clara Challoner Walker and Janet Dean.

Aran knitting

Our cultural home
is stitched across the sea;
her braided cables and
honeycomb plaits sing
of lost pearls in the ocean’s fold.

Her travelling lines tell
of wing and a prayer
for sons and daughters
whose homes floated
miles from there.

And in their beds they dream
of moss stitches across wet stones,
quilts of land patched with greens
and the shimmering cross stitch
that binds her Celtic knot.