Take this patch of meadow
clustered green in clover
and you have a textile
by William Morris. Hidden in its leafage,
the assumption that love is enough —
the love of being wild and open,
of flight from anyone or thing
that confines your freedom. And yet
is such love enough
as you turn on the edge of evening,
your hair and shawl falling
into a feathery shadow,
while the wind fades; and your eyes pin
the intricate stillness with fear?
William Morris was a 19th century poet and artist belonging to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. His textiles
of plants, flowers and birds became famous for their intricacy of detail and color. He also extended his patterns into wallpaper. This fancy artwork also appeared in books he published and served as a background for woodcut illustrations.