Nancy Scott-McBride


It’s not just little old ladies who do it now.

It’s everyone, or so I’ve heard.

Big and small, sick and well, crazy and sane.

It’s fun, relaxing, even healing, they say.

But for me it’s a meditation.

Knit one purl one is a mantra that works better

than “Ohm” and gets me closer to God.

Or I can knit and think about something else,

knit and talk about something else,

knit and compose a poem as I go.

Grandma taught me how when I was twelve,

and in high school, my bestie said

“Let’s knit our guys a sweater.”

I started one for him, worked on it through

a few others and finished it for my husband.

He wore it constantly and took it with him when he left.

So I knit myself out of that marriage and into another.

I knit for my family when I couldn’t afford store-bought,

and knit for them when we were doing okay.

I knit in memory of my friend when she died,

put it aside when I got depressed, then took

it up again when a knit-shop came to town.

Now, we needlers meet once a week to talk about

our craft and everything under the sun.

I’m back in the groove, knit purl, knit purl,

knitting for myself, knitting for my life.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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1 Response to Nancy Scott-McBride

  1. bobbietroy says:

    Love the last line!

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