Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oxblood Cogitations


On Machines

The essence of silk manufacturing 
is continuity, the continuity of 
the single thread 
wound first by the silk worm and 
finessed by seasoned fingers 
touching and following 
the fiber, unwinding 
and washing without breaking 
conscious attention, 
wound and unwound and 
wound again and 
on to where jiggered spinners jitter and 
silken thread flows
from swift to swift 
and bobbin to bobbin, 
and the most common task described
by the women managing twenty machines at a shift: 

Catch the broken thread, and tie it properly, 
and be sure the dye lot matches. 
Continuity is everything,
hum of continuousness.