A woven cotton bedspread worn by time and place.
As a child my fingers traced the raised threads
of the orange, teal and brown designs over and over.
Tracing every night and every morning.
Wondering about the odd shapes made with threads.
Up here down there. Different on the top and back.
A stylized "X"
A man raising his arms
And something else---
A serpent? A dragon? A dinosaur bowing before man?
There were a pair of bedspreads
One for each twin bed
And one down (for me)
Soft and textured still
But frayed and patched now
Only one remains.
Patched by mother using
Her small even stitches to match
The colored patterns designs.
Made in USA
Folded neatly on a shelf
In the back of the closet
So that I can trace the shapes again.