Monday, April 19, 2010

Tatting To-Day by David Law Proudfit

(the frame is a collage of photos I've taken in the last year)

Tatting To-Day

With figure demure, and a downcast face,
And a tranquil air of quiet grace,
Her delicate fingers deftly wrought
A pattern as fine as a fairy’s thought,
Tatting that day!

O maiden fair, with the silken hair,
And the shining eyes of a luster rare,
What abracadabra’s mysterious spell
Is thy flying shuttle weaving so well,
Tatting to-day?

Ah, sir, I work to have my way
In the perfumed air of a gracious day;
My nimble fingers are weaving a snare
To entangle human hearts.  Beware
Of my tatting to-day!

So the lily fingers entrancing flew,
And the lustrous eyes were heavenly blue;
And the silken hair was shot with gold,
And down in a golden glory rolled,
Tatting that day.

And she had her will on a gracious day,
All clad in a cloud of white array;
And I bless the day and the perfumed air
That kissed her cheek as she wove her snare
Tatting that day.
                                      David Law Proudfit


Isdihara said...

That is an awe-ful and inspiring poem! I love it and will print it out to keep me motivated to tat every day!

Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Bluebird said...

Where the heck did you find that? I've NEVER seen poetry about tatting before. I love the photo behind the poem.

❦TattingChic said...

That's sweet.

Tatskool said...

Thats such a beautiful and unusual tatting poem, I will print it too.

sewmuchfun4 said...

Cindy - I found it through a Google Book search. It is in an anthology of poetry he published in 1877 called Love Among the Gamins: and Other Poems.
:) Ann

Martha said...

That's a sweet poem and I love the frame you made. I had to look up David Proudfit -- he was a poet and lithographer, which is a nice combination of talents.

Gina said...

Speaking of poems, there is a website that has a whole collection of "Tatting in my Pocket" poems created by tatters back in the late 90's/early 2000's.
Noelene Lafferty started it and then several tatters added their own. I don't know where the collection is now though. Here's Noelene's current site:

Gina said...

Here's one of Noelene's poems:

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hi Gina!
Thanks! I enjoy poetry. Noelene's poems are very clever!
:) Ann

Fox said...

Nary a word the kind that fly between my grimaced lips,
Laden down with hot frustration, Teeth clamped tight with steely jaw,
To stitch that blasted DS tatted.

Even though it's not a sonnet,
You know what I'm raging on it.

Bardish Fox : )

sewmuchfun4 said...

LOL, Bardish Fox! That's VERY good! I take it we are feeling less than "tranquil" tonight with our tatting... I am about to pick up my shuttle and may be joining you in grimace and frustration as I am working out MY OWN PATTERN!
:) Ann

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