Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Nana's Treasure - Published by South 85 Journal

Nana’s Treasure


Hammered into shape,

dented by time,

bent with long use,

it’s made of tooled metal

crowned by a filagree wreath,

a piece of practical beauty

worth more than its weight in silver.

A girl of seventeen

goes to Woolworths Five & Dime Store,

buys it with her first pay as a nanny

working in the new world.

Hours, days, weeks,

years of her life,

she held it close at hand,

wore it as a shield,

but never shed another’s blood

to the stab of metal.

How I loved your busy hands,

always at work in your lap,

never too busy for me.

I hold your beloved thimble, Nana,

hear again the steady

chick-chick of needle on metal,

the soft click on glass

as you darn Grandaddy’s sock,

lightbulb tucked inside

to stretch the cloth,

to weave and repair.


For Aili Eckman


Date Published: December 15, 2016


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