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"On the Quilted Coattails of Patricia"

Sharing Stories

Melba

On the Quilted Coattails of Patricia

Oh, ’tis my friend Pat on caller ID—to her I happily Hi’d.

’Tis Sean who says, “Mom died.”

Sean spoke on Pat’s phone from Pat’s empty apartment

To my heart still warm with my friend’s love.

My friend, my friend, I miss you.

You’ve gone and left before me—before one last visit.

Gone too soon, Best Friend, with whom I speak of quilts, of children, of travel,

of dreams & schemes, of past and future, of nothing can be done.

Of joy and sorrow, now shadows,

of great service, strength and wisdom to womyn abused,

of her beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren.

Pat lived hand quilted Love, skilled Joy—Clarity in rejected blindness,

thoughtfulness unhampered by sacrificed pain & old disease,

of which I shall not speak.

She did not want her kids should worry…

My friend, speak to heart & memory now,

of a future constructed of quilts, of listening,

hearing, you always had time for me.

You are Love now.

We need not worry…

Melba Walton, longtime Seattle resident, still visits from her Mesa home.

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