My Grandmother's Quilt - Chelsea A Blackburn


Tiny tinted honeycombs
(the color of faded book covers)
that took two years to make,
she probably thought
of hospital bills, gardening,
and what she'd cook for dinner.
I massage every loose and breaking inch
like the hysterical twitch of her hands
and wonder if growing old
is like binding and unraveling.


Chelsea A. Blackburn holds an undergraduate degree in writing and is currently a PhD student in UW-Madison’s department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where her work focuses on transnational education platforms and partnerships, particularly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.