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Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Photograph of Your Father Sewing Needlepoint At Precinct Headquarters, 1956

 		His athletic body tilted back, 
his big tired "dogs" 
	in their polished wing-tips 

		propped up on the cluttered
desk. At ease-- 
	stocky index and thumb 
		tugging the yarn taut, as though it was 
the most natural thing 
	in the world for a burly 

		detective, a tough Irish cop 
in 1950’s New York, 
	to design and sew needlepoint 
		cushions for the parlor chairs  
when only hours before, 
	as the department's crime 
		scene photographer, he’d snapped
the cold postures brutality 
	crafts—all the horrors 
		he hoped with every fiber 
of his being you 
	would never see. 

Copyright 2022 Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Susan Kelly-DeWitt’s many books include Gatherer’s Alphabet (Gunpowder Press, 2022). She lives in Sacramento, California.

8 comments on “Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Photograph of Your Father Sewing Needlepoint At Precinct Headquarters, 1956

  1. allisonfine
    October 29, 2022

    Compact and dense with depth and clarity. Great poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mary B Moore
    October 26, 2022

    A wonderful portrait of a man totally at ease in his masculinity, so deftly and quickly showing many-sides of him.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Loranneke
    October 26, 2022

    What a portrait! That “burly” man doing needlepoint! Fabulous!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      October 26, 2022

      I agree, Laure-Anne. The poem has wonderfully chosen details.



  4. Sean Sexton
    October 26, 2022

    This is so good!
    Thank you


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