She pushes, coaxes, presses needle through.
With labored love, the handsome fabric glows;
the heart, remorseful, with it thus imbued.
Her stitches mixed with tears, the fabric knows
she makes her mourning coat from their love nest.
Resounding chimes the tolling bell
that beckon all to see his final best:
that coat of many colors where he dwells
as, lovingly, her thimble now may rest.

 Thimble W_T_star_mark_embroidery-AT-9-10(prompt for Chimera is “thimble”. Write your story in  exactly 66 words.)

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5 Comments on ““Atonement””

  1. The Laundry Maid
    February 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jen
    February 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Gorgeous piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. susanwritesprecise
    February 20, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Lovely, lyrical writing, Jacqueline. I feel compelled to read it over and over…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    February 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Thank you!


  5. Suzanne
    February 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Oh, how sad and yet, how beautifully told. 🙂


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