|By Jefimija (c 1350. - c 1405) - http://www.spc.rs/Muzej/Tekstil/pohvala-v.jpg, Javno vlasništvo, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12872453|
What poetry was for
Embroidery requires good eyes and a steady hand. It is best done by an open window on a snowy day. The thread should be made of gold. Everybody knows that. This is how poetry was written back then. With gold letters on a red shroud. Or, at least, this is how women wrote poetry back then. Maybe it’s just how this woman wrote this poem. On a red shroud with a gold thread. A needle was required too. Maybe she pricked her finger, maybe not, we don’t know. The poem was embroidered on a funeral shroud. This is what poetry was for. Or, at least, it’s what this woman wrote this poem for. The woman was a nun at the time, though she hadn’t always been a nun. The woman's name was Jefimija. The funeral shroud was for a man who had died in a battle. The woman had her own battles too, and she fought them in silence, sitting by an open window on a snowy day.
GloPoWriMo Day 24 - an elegy
This poem was inspired by Jefimija, the first Serbian female poet.