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Kim McKee

A poem that Kim wrote after a her first trip to Ireland and hearing about the myths and legends of the Women knitting a pattern in her husband and sons sweaters to identify them if they were lost at sea and then recovered later. We later put it to music but here is the poem form. Kim & Kenny perform Celtic music under the name of Willson & McKee and you can find their website at jigheads.com.

Kim McKee

 

The Pattern

© Copright Kim McKee

 

Oh the sea can take the lovers and the fathers from our homes

And leave a hole within the hearts of those who watch them go

So we stitch for them a sweater with love to keep them warm

And hidden there within the wool the pattern for their return

And this man will not be nameless when they claim him from the swell

There is so much more to this man’s life that the pattern does not tell

Oh this pattern gives his name to him if he’s lost upon the foam

But does not tell much of his life or those he left at home

Of the loving nights with tallow lights the laughter and the tears

It speaks his name, but does not sing the songs of all our years

And this man will not be nameless when they claim him from the swell

There is so much more to this man’s life that the pattern does not tell

I remember all the love I felt while stitching slow and even

The tenderness he spoke to me upon his sea-bound leavin’

Now I stitch beside this peat fire dreaming of my lover gone

And cry and sing a prayer for the pattern of my son

And this boy will not be nameless when they claim him from the swell

There is so much more to this boy’s life that the pattern does not tell

 

 

 

 

    
   

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