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Jewel Toned Memories by Michele Vecchitto

Michele Vecchitto | September 18th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Adorned in amethyst, tourmaline, or sapphire blue,
the clothes she wears set off her silver-white hair
and olive skin, unblemished by wrinkles or worry
They match the sparkle in her eyes

Truth lies there somewhere, deep in those rich tones
A celebration of accomplishment
Warriors in battles waged and won
Deep beauty saturating every thread

My mother’s clothes celebrate years of work,
her graduation robe and topaz doctoral hood
almost regal against the afternoon sun
as we bore witness on that summer day

My mother’s clothes defy each gray shadow,
the ones living in her picture-perfect memory
as she mourned a loss as only a daughter can
the day she buried her own mother

My mother’s clothes soothe and console,
a swathe of soft gypsy pink cotton on which
each grandchild laid his head, grasping
forgiving fabric in chubby hands

My mother’s clothes rustle in the soft breeze,
a rainbow of strength and hope that beckon
They urge me to shed these earth tones I favor
to become one worthy
of embracing each bright color

Poet Bio

Michele Vecchitto is a writer and middle school teacher. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in two self-published volumes. Michele read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in its publication, When Time and Space Conspire. She continues to hone her craft simply to breathe life into the stories living in the corners of her mind. When she’s not lost in her writing, Michele can be found indulging in the cuisine of her husband, Chef Mark Vecchitto, or delighting in the antics of their quirky chocolate lab and two Ninja cats.

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