by Sarah Sousa

Wich: a bundle of fiber.
Wik to twine and twist,
connected to spinning
a hasp, a skein of yarn.
Wik the coiling roots
of the tree. Women
twisted flax and other plant fiber
into wicks, dipped in tallow
and burned. The word
wicker for willow wand
baskets, the word
weak meaning flexible stalk,
wice for witch hazel’s pliant nature.
Wicket, a turning
gate. The measured turning
of time, a week.
Wicked, the making
of knots and plaiting the fibers.
Wicked the conjuring of cloth
from beasts. Wich,
when the field grass assembles.
Witch when it burns.

Last updated June 19, 2019