Jun 10, 2012

A letter to Lucy

The young ambitious girl, who stitched her first design
through all my samplers had never before, entered in my mind.

But you my dear were different, and gave me such a fight
I knew there was a reason, so I gave it all my might.



Could I complete a large design without setting it to flame?
There’d be no excuse and if I fail, only myself to blame.

Temptation reared to taunt me, the fire glowing bright
but I held fast and stitched ahead, much to my delight.

Did Mom meet you in heaven, and whisper in your ear
it’s time for me to learn patience, in this my 60th year?

Some say that family also stitched and completed this for you
were you trying to tell us that the story isn’t true?
 Or maybe if you failed to finish, you came to sit with me
and encouraged me to the very end, so completed it would be.

Why ever I was chosen, the reason will never be quite clear
but what I’ve gained from your devilish help, I’ll always hold so dear.

A vision of a giggling girl, tall with dark brown hair
was happening so frequently we soon became a pair.

For this you taught me Lucy, have patience, don’t live in haste
To rush through life without a pause would truly be a waste.

I thank you for this Lucy and was honored to be worthy
I’ll miss you and I wish you well, in your eternal journey.


Love,
Marlene

43 comments:

Chris said...

How sweet Marly!
Congratulations on a wonderful finish.
You feel so connected with these girls after spending so much time with them.
Have a great week!

Linda said...

Congrats on the beautiful finish Marly. You did an awesome job. I absolutely love the poem you wrote.

Linda

P.J. said...

Beautiful finish, what a deep sentiment for those who stitched before you.

Margaret said...

Lucy is absolutely gorgeous! I bet Lucy loves your poem too. Fantastic! Congratulations -- I'm happy dancing for you both!

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful Marly. I think deep down your going to miss your daily sessions with Lucy.
Blessings

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
She is just beautiful!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Anonymous said...

Lucy is so beautiful! Congratulations on this gorgeous finish. Hugs to you - kelley

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Marly--A beautiful finish!! I just LOVE Lucy!! Determined little bugger wasn't she!! A girl with attitude!--Jan

Barb said...

Lucy could not be prettier!!!!And what a super poem. I just might have to get acquainted with Lucy myself.

Penny said...

Like the other gals who posted before me, I'm loving Lucy!! You did a fantastic job, and I'm sure Lucy appreciates your tenacity with this bugger of a pattern! Such a great finish!! I'm sure you're proud of your accomplishment...
The poem is wonderful!!

Carol in MN said...

Congratulations Marly - you did it! You found out also that you have the patience to do it and developed a friendship with Lucy along the way. The poem is so sweet, and Lucy is beautiful - nice job!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Lovely poem. Congrats on finishing Lucy... she's beautiful.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marlene, what a beautiful sampler,Lucy would be proud. Thanks for sharing,Blessings Francine.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Holy cats, Marly!!! You gave me the shivers!! Your workmanship and finish is positively amazing...I LOVE Lucy!! But, though laced with whimsy that I'm sure the giggling. long-legged, Lucy would admire, your letter to Lucy seems eerily "on mark" for some reason. Absolutely LOVE it!!! WOOHOO!!! Smiles & Very Best Sunday Hugs ~ Robin

Shirlee said...

What a wonderful post Marly! Congratulations on finishing Lucy!

samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, what a lovely poem for such a beautiful girl. I hope that you put this poem to Lucy behind her frame when you frame her. I am sure that she is up there doing a "happy dance" that somebody cared so much about her and was determined to finish her no matter what. - Sandra.

Faye said...

Thats the best thing I've read in a very long time !!!! Wow... nice job~~

Faye

Linda, NE Iowa said...

Marly!!! You absolutely amaze me. The poem was beautiful and so very touching. I like what Samplerlover said about putting this poem behind Lucy's frame - perhaps laminate it first. I'll go back several times to look at this beautiful sampler. Congratulations on finishing it.

Judy said...

Beautiful sampler..superb poem!

Judy heartland stitcher

Rebecca said...

Your Lucy is beautiful. Your poem so precious. I hope you keep your poem with the sampler on the back.

Kaisievic said...

A wonderful finish, Marly and I love how connected you became to the piece as you stitched it.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations! She was certainly an inspiration for you. Such a talent...

Mugwump Woolies said...

Beautiful finish on this sweet sampler! Bravo!
Robyn

Katrina said...

What a fun post!!!! And Lucy is a gorgeous sampler, congrats on the finish.

prim_bug said...

Marly,
Congratulations to you and Lucy. You did it. The poem that you wrote said it all. I am so happy for you. It looks amazing!

Bertie said...

A lovely tribute and poem Marlene and Lucy is beautiful!
Trust you are well:))
Have a good week!

Vickie said...

Wonderful! Beautiful! Congratulations. :)

Vera said...

Hi Marly, Congratulations! Lucy is just beautiful and I love your poem. Wonderful job on both. Vera

Loraine said...

What a wonderful poem for a wonderful finish! I hope you print that off and frame it with the piece.

Lanie said...

Marly, I am so happy you hung in there with "Lucy" and now have a beautiful finish...she is lovely! So lovely that I broke a vow to not make any new purchases until some wips were completed...I ordered the chart this morning! And I don't feel the least bit sorry about breaking that vow!

I love everything about "Lucy"; her colors, her alphabets, her verses, her houses, and especially the journey you took us on as you stitched her.

Congratulations!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Gorgeous~
smiles
Teresa

Penny said...

You are a many talented woman, Marly! What a wonderful poem to go along with a beautiful sampler!! I'm glad you persevered. :)

Kathy L. said...

So beautiful, so worth your patience!!

Kathy L.

Mouse said...

just perfect in every way :) love mouse xxxx

pj said...

Absolutely wonderful! Loved the poem and agree...it needs to be with the sampler! What a lesson of patience and so glad you finished this treasure! It is a beauty! Great job Marly...you have talent! pj in iowa

Mindi said...

Beautiful finish! I love the colors of this one, and its made it to the top of my wish list.

Deb on the Cumberland Plateau said...

Very, Very sweet.

Siobhán said...

Your sampler finish is divine, the poem you wrote simply sublime. The sampler is prettier than most--you have every reason to boast. Honoring Lucy was so sweet and I'm sure her mother would have found it a treat. Kudos to you, and to Lucy, too!

Carol said...

What a special way to honor such a lovely, lovely finish, Marly!! I know Miss Lucy will have a place of honor in your home...

Carolyn said...

I just LOVE this!! both the sampler AND your poem! It's funny how we become so close to the little girls that stitched before us.

Congratulations on an awesome finish!

Melissa said...

I'd missed this post, Marly. What a wonderful tribute to Lucy and congrats on her finish! It's wonderful when we feel especially connected to a piece that we are stitching.

Edgar said...

What a beautiful finish!!!! Congrats!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful finish! I absolutely love this sampler.

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