Memories from a crochet hook
Granny’s crochet shawls
spread across the settee back
gathering cat hairs,
Ponchos draped over 1970s shoulders
above bell-bottom blue denims
widened with inserts
patched with Laura Ashley prints
pieces of faux fur
swaying to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
smelling of sheep in the rain.
Squares pointlessly joined together
by WRI ladies’ restless fingers
in dentist waiting rooms
for the children of Biafra.
Pairs of dainty bootees
their pink or blue ribbon laces
A red plastic case
housing a complete set of differently sized of hooks
on the charity shop table.
© Sheila Ash 10th July 2017