Sunday, April 17, 2011

milkweed pulped

these fibers
gathered
over the fall and winter
yes and spring
stolen from 
birds eager for 
construction 
no, i walk out 
again and again
spotting the strange bird seed pods
and the gray fiber 
that looks like my hair 
pull and break and peel off
milkweed
milkweed

10 comments:

kaite said...

do you use caustic when breaking down the fibres for paper, or are they entirely field retted? i hate the smell of cooking with caustic.

Velma said...

ahh, my dirty secret is out, i LKIE the smell of fiber cooking, this was soda ash cook. another dirty secret-i forgot to cut the fiber before the cook, so now i have to cut them wet. dumb. must be the finger.

onesmallstitch said...

I'm so happy to hear that you are able to continue doing "things" cutting wet sounds rather difficult? I keep spilling/dropping things, spend more time cleaning up than doing anything constructive. take care.

Velma said...

i will have to chop fibers wet, because i forgot while dry. geesh!

iNdi@na said...

wood ash [though of indeterminate pH and composition] offers a cheap alternative....

Velma said...

i know, indie, but it's the indeterminate part that keeps me away from using my wood ash, though i have used it before.

kaite said...

perhaps a tomahawk would do the trick, that's what the Maningrida women use.

neki desu said...

they do look like your hair!
velma the milkweed goddess

Hannah said...

so glad i missed that nasty stink!!

Velma said...

k, i have a wonderful swedish hatchet...
n, ha!
h, i'll cook you up something in may...

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