yellow velvet ribbon with a brass bell

I’m going to buy a brass bell
not one of those schoolyard types
a little one
like you’d hang around a cat’s neck

I’m going to unthread the yellow velvet ribbon
from the old quilt that has lived for many years on the third shelf of my mother’s special cupboard
I’ll iron it nice and straight

It has to be yellow
I won’t play oak tree
I’ll be a river reed
swaying with a comforting breeze, standing upright after every windy thrashing

I’ll think about offering up the yellow velvet ribbon
in a purge and burning ceremony
its tug to be worn will win out
I’ll pretend my fingers are a knitting nancy and twist its yellow velvet belief in me around each

When satisfied I’ll let out a sweet sigh toward the window pane
I’ll write my name in the condensation
through each letter a light will blaze, warming my face
I’ll think about going to sea, and then laugh till I cry remembering I don’t have sea legs

The red baron will fly again; spreading propaganda flyers
don’t wear a yellow velvet ribbon with a threaded brass bell
I’ll spend years collecting each one
on a bonfire built out of a sea shanty, I’ll burn every damn one

A needle will play a song of directions
beneath a pile of dirt I’ll find a crown
embossed with “how sweet to find that which was once lost”
I’ll want to sing when the sun settles, I never will

Inside a brown paper bag a brass bell silently waits
its time has not been long my thoughts have flowed in quick succession
I’ll take the crisply ironed yellow velvet ribbon and thread it through the little brass hoop
making a simple knot at the ends, the length perfectly measured to fit my neck

In the quiet of night
you might hear its jingle
in the loudness of daylight
I’ll be stealth like a cat on a cool tin roof; silent

it might mean nothing
it might mean something
I could be a lion baring my teeth
or the sweetest angel in the pack

you can be sure of only one thing
I’ll be the one wearing a yellow velvet ribbon with a brass bell

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Reference: knitting nancy


Comments

  • PintaPinta
    PintaPintaalmost 6 years ago

    tincture for my mind darling… so full of balm are your words… i have missed you too… i imagine your new wings are still a bit damp, probably not completely unfurled… but goodness i know what they’re made of now… yellow velvet ribbon and unlimited flights. xxx

  • I feel as though you’ve washed my wings….and they are now ready for ether flights…

    xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leealmost 6 years ago

    YOU ARE SUCH A GIRL! :)
    (btw… that’s good thing…)
    Very nice writing, as always Lisa.

  • I’ll take being called a girl anytime ;) thank you so much Lee xx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaalmost 6 years ago

    A journey eh?
    Nice imagery – and good, interesting writing as we so often see.

  • Yes a journey…..

    thank you so much, Caz….you and I and a coffee, very soon xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • MyheART
    MyheARTalmost 6 years ago

    This just soothes the soul….beautiful:)

  • aww thanks kindly, Robin xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyalmost 6 years ago

    I’ll listen out very carefully in the still of night………..and when I hear that tinkling……..I’ll see a rainbow of vision that reminds me of you……xxx

  • :))))))))))))) and I’ll wear special leprechaun shoes when I dance for you xxxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaalmost 6 years ago

    Just call :)

  • I’ve got your number hehe……;)

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Cassey
    Casseyalmost 6 years ago

    I thought that everytime a bell rings an angel has gotten its wings. Now we know that the bell lies around the neck of one angel, on a beautiful yellow ribbon.

  • Oh my you are too lovely for words….what a splendid and endearing thing to say…thank you so much, Cassey xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskeralmost 6 years ago

    it might mean nothing
    it might mean something
    I could be a lion baring my teeth
    or the sweetest angel in the pack

    I’ve seen you be both darling, and your many facets are a beautiful sight to behold.

    I’ll think about going to sea, and then laugh till I cry remembering I don’t have sea legs
    I’m not so sure about that….there isn’t much you’re not capable of, my love x x

  • I’m glad I can be all that is me, in front of your eyes and know, I’ll be loved nonetheless….

    as for capable of sea legs…well perhaps I should give it another go ;) xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • msdebbie
    msdebbiealmost 6 years ago

    Hey Lisa – who needs sea legs when you can be “stealth like a cat on a cool tin roof” or a beautiful lion baring her teeth? Adore this piece. And surprisingly for one so fond of red: found the yellow strangely compelling!!! Love and laughter xoxoxo Deb xoxoxo

  • Hey Deb,

    what an awesome comment, thanks so much….for some reason lately, I’ve been totally into yellow….and orange. Normally, I’m a blue/green girl….
    I guess things do change :))

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaalmost 6 years ago

    Your writing has taken on a new shape lately, Lisa.
    I know the pain is so darn sweet, (and only somebody that has
    been through hell & back can understand that one!) but we know
    that it’s our best friend. :) It shapes us into “healing trees” for other
    people & it bleeds out of you here & especially lately. I think we’re at our
    best (artistically) when we’re shattered. I so feel you here, and am absolutely
    riveted to the core….

    !

  • Dearest Birgitta,

    Your comment is a piece of writing in itself……a “healing tree” how stunning is that….

    I can only swallow my pain so much, then I have to write it out…but believe me…I do have a source of inner peace…
    I honestly now know.

    I know very little…and that is a comfort xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

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