The Clickety-Clack of Needles – Tracy Davidson

your needles, throughout my childhood and beyond

Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire, England, and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies.

The Clickety-Clack of Needles

I’ve kept back from the scores of charity bags  

everything you ever knitted.

Even the really old stuff  

I can’t remember you ever wearing.

Even the really naff stuff (sorry mum!)  

I can’t believe you knitted in the first place.

The aesthetics don’t matter. Whether  

I’ll wear things doesn’t matter.

What matters is the work you put in  

to them, the hours, days, weeks

and months you spent sitting  

on the sofa, clickety-clacking

your needles, throughout  

my childhood and beyond.

I don’t want strangers rummaging through  

your precious woollens, buying them

only to unpick them for the wool  

or to re-use the buttons elsewhere.

I look at them and see you as you were  

when they were made, healthy and happy.

I will treasure them, along with  

those memories of you.

Tracy Davidson, Warwickshire

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