A Cure for November

Grace WElls
First gather coloured silks. Find those that bear
the names of flowers, violet, lilac, lavender,
take the hues of precious stones, turquoise, amber, jade.
Find tangerine, apricot, a dazzling lime. 
Work in eggshell blue. Put the red from a robin’s breast 
beside gold so it lights like a fire in the hearth.
Take from the shelves a dictionary of stitches,
relearn the old tailoring, use God’s eye stitch, 
French knots, a plain herringbone.
Look about your house for loose objects, 
beads, ribbon, a twist of string,
on a scrap of paper write the words faith and courage,
pin them to the folds of this cloth. Each thread 
a metaphor for a word in a sentence or a relationship
sew out the contents your mind.
Trust when the needle plunges beneath fabric 
to move unseen 
the way laylines run below Avebury Henge.
Take cobalt blue and let your steady breath 
illuminate, just as stained glass lights
on Remembrance Sunday when a lone bugler
plays ‘The Last Post’ in notes poppy red.
Add rain on the window, the way it falls 
without fear or longing. Accept the accident
when you prick your finger and suddenly 
there is a living drop of blood that you wipe 
in the mouth the way women have done forever.
Take silver thread and wool soft as summer cloud, 
place them in dialogue, let them speak out all
you have not found the strength to say.
Put in embarrassment, peppermint green envy, 
white of shock and jaundiced yellow for your dull days, 
darn them here beside your worst faults.
Unpick regret. In India it is the Festival of Light
they are setting small candles onto the Holy river,
cease your despair, employ a deep, personal witchcraft,
as you sew your life back together
                                                                stitch by stitch.
'A Cure for November' was published previously in Shine On, Irish Writers for Shine, an anthology of writing supporting people affected by mental ill health, edited by Pat Boran for Dedalus Press in 2011.
A Cure for November
Grace Wells
A Journal about craft and creativity
What is Make Believe?
Make Believe Manifesto
Make Believe is designed for serendipity, scroll down and see what tickles your fancy.

But – for those that prefer a road map ...
Susan Zelouf
Delectably Ed Bing Lee
Jennifer Flegg
Sermon in Wood
Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe
Cormac Boydell
A Space Beyond Words
Eleanor Flegg
Becoming Real
Heidi Julavits
Lost Mittens
Nicola Gordon Bowe
Shaven Heads and Golden Skullcaps
Catherine Ann Cullen
When the Bough Breaks
Deirdre Sullivan
Meet the Nameless Thing
Roger Bennett
Liam Flynn
Glenn Hooper
Wee Chair
Catríona ní Mhurchú
The Rabbit
Toyo Ito
Three Transparencies
Pamela Johnson
100% Cotton
Joke Robaard
How Do You Repair a Weaving Flaw
The Rubber Bandits
Controversial Artist (demo)
Vona GRoarke
The Making of Porcelain
Carlo Gébler
The ABC Con
Hans Christian Andersen
The Shirt Collar
Guillemette Bolens
Turned Tangible to the Eye
Tanya Harrod
The Last Sane Man
Susan Maxwell
The Map is Not the Territory
Glenn Adamson
Enda Wyley
Solar Eclipse
Scott Coombs
The Tao of Letterpress
Make Believe Proclamation #2 
Aubrey Flegg
A Royal Court at Killaloe
Paula Meehan
The Pattern
Nick Harkaway
Joseph McBrinn
Exhibition Review Egg Fight: Yinka Shonibare MBE
Jessica Hemmings
David Wilcox
Costume and Narrative: Narrative and Clothing
Petrus Spronk
Art and Life
Anthony OBrien
Ice Age Art
Patrick Chapman
Sentient Glass
Grace Wells
A Cure for November
Eleanor Flegg
Troubled Light
Blinded by the Light
John Hutchinson
The Gift
Patrick Chapman
The Celluloid Angel
Gemma Tipton
Plates on Walls and Pots on Plinths
Freddie Robins
The Perfect
Roger Bennett
Grace WElls
The Coat
Thank You