Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

The Quilting


DOLLY sits a-quilting by her mother, stitch by stich,
Gracious, how my pulses throb, how my fingers itch,
While I note her dainty waist and her slender hand,
As she matches this and that, she stitches strand by strand.
And I long to tell her Life's a quilt and I'm a patch;
Love will do the stitching if she'll only be my match.

Submitted: Friday, April 02, 2010

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