“It squeezes my heart” wrote Veronica Hallissey about my streaming piece Freedom Woman. That’s the kind of comment you get when a poet likes your work. I wanted Veronica to have it. And I’ve been admiring her quilted pieces for a long time, so it seemed a perfect time for a trade. (Veronica, who is in her 80’s, is a quilter as well as a poet).
Veronica said she knew which piece of her I should have, so I trusted her to give me the right one. I was delighted when one of her winter scenes came in the mail. In her note she wrote, ” It is a gift of my heart.”
On her blog, Veronica says that she “finds her greatest peace making these winter scenes from the 18th and 19th century.” I don’t know if it’s true, but somehow I imagine that when Veronica is making one of them that she becomes a part of it. It’s an easy scene to step into, those faceless children can be anyone of us.