Hazel Hall

Late Sewing

There is nothing new in what is said
By either a needle or a thread:
Stitch, says a needle, Stitch, says the thread;
Stitch for the living; stitch for the dead;
All seams measure the same.

Garb for the living is light and gay.
While that for the dead is a shrouding grey,
But all things match on a later day
When little worm-stitches in the clay
Finish all seams the same.