April 17, 2014

The Lacemaker by Byron Beynon

The Lacemaker
after the painting by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)

You sense his eyes
scrutinizing her as she works
in a busy space of her own.
The fingers and eyes
are a team,
edges of colours
about to be transformed.
Her presiding head
tilted over
threads and needles
like a praying-mantis.
The skill of creation,
hushed in time,
waiting for
the birth of patience
that will arrive
into a transfixed world.

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His work has appeared in several publications including The Warwick Review, London Magazine, Poetry Wales and Cyphers. Recent collections include The Sundial (Flutter Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).

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