Magic Ball-Inspired Poetry!
March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
We were contacted recently by Judith Heron, a poet and knitter of Be Sweet yarns. Judith wrote a poem for us after knitting up some of our Magic Ball and we are excited to share it with you! Our first Be Sweet-inspired poem!
A found poem from the label of yarn
Who names a yarn company Be Sweet,
tells the place where the Angora goats
descended from? Describes the lineage
from Tibet to Turkmenistan and on
to Turkey where the yarn was reserved
for royalty. Tells more. 1830, Turks sent
a group of does and castrated bucks
to South Africa. How one doe, pregnant,
gave birth to a male kid. How through
interbreeding with local stock
a hardier Angora goat flourished – still
produces over half the world’s mohair –
the miracle does not stop here.
In a rural region of South Africa the yarn
is hand spun and dyed by women who
no longer have to work hard labor
in pineapple fields. Overseas the yarn
is marketed to other women – who can
afford thirty dollars – who take home
into well-lit houses a Magic Ball, knit
a scarf to accessorize their wardrobe.
Then read, in comfort over tea, how
some money goes to the local school,
wonder who named it Forest Fruits, who
knotted together so carefully their yarn.
Thanks, Judith! We are so thrilled to have been immortalized through your poetry!