The Old Afghan (with audio)

Each purl stitch was interlaced
with love from the touch
of her gentle hands.
She, the teacher,
me, the student,
as our bodies
sank into the big sofa
checkered in a
seventy’s palette.

For a new teen,
my love for her
went unmeasured.
Now, fully immersed
in motherhood
after three decades,
the mom role is
clear as plate glass,
how heart and mind
require flexibility
the juggling
of many hats.

Her wisdom mingles
with my thoughts
so often that I whisper,
“I get it, Mom.”
Teardrops of love
struggle for freedom,
grief clutches at my heart.

Autumn browns, reds,
yellows, and oranges
from that afghan
warmed memories
over the years,
but at some point,
my novice knitwork
must have slipped a stitch
because those warm shades
unraveled through the seasons,
crafting a hole in the center

that mirrors the chasm in my heart
from missing her.

Lauren Scott (c) 💗

39 thoughts on “The Old Afghan (with audio)


    Wow….this is a good one! I look forward to discussing it with you. I remember you mentioning the afghan. xoxo Sharon


  2. HI Lauren, this really is such a beautiful poem. My mother knits a lot. For Mother’s Day she gave me a scarf and beanie for when we go to the UK in December. They are both cabled and I know she struggled to make them.

    1. Thanks so much, Robbie. That’s wonderful of your mom knitting you a scarf and beanie. Very special. My mom passed away ten years ago, but I remember she could knit or sew anything. I didn’t get those genes, but I did get the baking from her. 💞

    1. Thanks, my friend. One special memory, but there are many. She passed away a decade ago, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Just beautiful Lauren!
    I know how you feel. I have 3 Afgans. My mom made 2. One of my sisters made the other.
    They are at least 30 years old. That Phentex lasts forever.
    It’s a bit of a tug of war with the cats for the blankies. Also my mom made me a rag doll so long ago, I can’t remember. My cat Jeep has been sleeping with that for about 10 years now.
    Sending Hugs!!!!!

    1. Thanks, Resa, and I loved reading about your special afghans. I guess mine wasn’t made with Phentex. 🙂 I can just imagine those cats vying for the blankets. Aww, the rag doll that your cat finds comfort in. Precious! Hugs to you, too! 💞

    1. Thanks so much, Kamal. I appreciate your lovely words. This is one of the many special memories I have of my mom. She passed away ten years ago, and Dad passed five years ago. Anyway, thank you again. 💞

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