The Cloth of You

From first breath

to last, you weave

a cloth to carry you.

The universe, your loom,

your soul, the weaver.

Each new day,

you pull the weft

along your journey

over and under

the warp of days.

Textured yarns

in unknown colors

tell the stories of you,

Becoming visible

with each toss

of the shuttle back

and forth. At last,

in the weave,

your story reveals

its meaning.

When the day comes

for you to go, your hand-

crafted stole enfolds you,

warming your way

to the next life.

Lisa Vihos

The poems of Lisa Vihos have appeared in many poetry journals, both print and online. She has published four chapbooks, and has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and numerous awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. She is the Sheboygan organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. In 2020, she was named the first poet laureate of Sheboygan. Her first novel, The Lone Snake: The Story of Sofonisba Anguissola, was released in May, 2022 from Water’s Edge Press.

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