Friday, December 21, 2007

Sock Knitting Woman

puddle ice

Although there is no snow
our rutted puddles are twice frozen.

Walking into the face of wind,
I am longing for evening.

I imagine the quiet woods
cuddled up along the lake.

Far out from the village,
in the silence of a solitary farmhouse

one woman knits socks furiously
for six pairs of familiar feet.

....................-Andromeda Jazmon

Miss Rumphius inspired this poem from me today, with her Monday Poetry Stretch. She suggested the end words for the lines above, which were taken from a well-loved Robert Frost poem. I've tried to echo the feelings I get in reading Frost's poem as a knitting woman.

The Friday Poetry round up today is being hosted by Gina at AmoXicalli.


tanita✿davis said...

Brrr! The best I could manage this week was a six foot scarf... six pairs of socks, with those puddles, looks like quite a good idea.

This really does evoke the same feelings of the Frost poem. Well done!

Saints and Spinners said...


And now I'm reminded of that single sock I've started 5 times now.

Sara said...

My daughter proudly finished knitting her first sock yesterday. She made me put it on my foot to try it out.

I like the way you used Frost's words, but you made them your own. There is a pleasing spareness about it, and a touch of humor too. Well done, knitting this poem together!

jama said...

Very nice! Love the "woods cuddled up along the lake."
Perfect photo, too!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Love the photograph! Ditto what Jama said. I also like the part about knitting "furiously for six pairs of familiar feet."

Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice poem. The silence of a solitary farmhouse must be wonderful to someone with 6 pairs of feet to knit for!

Thanks for sharing this.

John Mutford said...

I'll echo Jama's thoughts about "woods cuddled up" being a great line.

susan said...

What lingers with me is the intimacy you create in the last couplet. The shift from solitary to familiar unit feels good.

Lone Star Ma said...

This is lovely.