Loom Weight

A loom weight lost these many millennia
sits proud on heavy soil
held in my hand, it speaks of loving toil
the spinning of fabric
to clothe a family
and a connection is made
she spoke ancient Greek
a colonist deep in Sicily’s heartland
I stroke the fingerprint left in once moist clay
and say Hello

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

For Dverse

This loom weight was fund in Western Sicily, whilst I was working on an archeological survey many many years ago. It came home with me and I still look at her fingerprint and say hello……

38 thoughts on “Loom Weight

  1. Oh gosh—I can’t even tell you how much I love this. The object, this ancient woman, the making of cloth for her family, and then your connection through this object so many centuries later. I could read this one over and over, and now you have me imagining her. 💙

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    1. Yes, indeed! Italian law says no archaeological relics can be taken form the country without permission, but I had permission from Palermo University. And, critically, permission from the local Mafia boss. but that’s another story.


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