Singer 1904

24 Jun

I bought myself a vintage Singer sewing machine, of the year 1904. The mechanical sounds and rhythmic workings of the machine sounded poetic to me with all its nostalgia and beauty to compliment this. So I wrote a poem about it. What else could a writer do?

Singer 1904

Wind wool with

Tugging cog-work,

Seize silk in

Quick footed jerks.

Wheel churns,

Cranked to top height,

White thread

Tacks tatters tight.

Hinges worn

To creak and clank,

Whirring whinge

Of a rickety crank.

Tension springs,

Mechanical tackle,

Wrench the yarn

Into its shackle.

Whizzing stitches

Puncture cut cotton,

Cashmere, organza,

Don’t top our contraption.

Hundred years wear,

But bobbin won’t bawl,

Buttercup dress,

With lace and all.


2 Responses to “Singer 1904”

  1. Jonathan June 24, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    My grandparents, and then my Mum had singer sewing machines – the sound is a very strong memory from growing up…

    • francesclarke07 June 24, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Amazing how a sound can bring back such vivid memories. I wonder what sounds will remind me of this time in the future… keyboard typing?

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