More than a Blanket Statement: “Quilt”

In her poem “Quilt,” senior Cara Yacino does more than provide a blanket statement about the similarity between a quilt and a person. She takes the motif of the quilt and applies its traditions, both cherished and scarred, to a loved one. Cara’s poem is one for the reader to confide in, much like the narrator seems to confide in the patchwork man. Read Cara’s poem “Quilt” below.


Quilt

Cara Yacino

I called you a patchwork man
you asked me why and I said
it’s because
your wrinkles make a roadmap on your face
routes and junctions of laughter and rage
scars traverse your body like
a lightning-struck tree
your knuckles hard white calloused
betraying years of frustration
against four silent cell walls
a faded rose on your hand
and “death” below it
as a constant reminder
that life is a beautiful moment

it’s also because
the best kind of blankets
the noblest blankets
the ones with a story
are quilts
and you and your big laugh
and sturdy arms
keep me warm


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