Project Description

Notice in Church Hall:

Mrs. Rachel Clarke presents 26 knitted bible stories, with backdrops supplied by Mr. Clarke.

Entry £1.50

Lot 26: The Last Supper

I stuff Jesus’ head with creaking cotton wool, packed as tightly as theology; a last act of worship.

I insert his bleeding heart, so carefully, a painful knot of parched yarn, raggedy beard a cunning disguise;
I loop strands tenderly through peached purl-one plain-one, so he can be with his disciples for one more day.

My hands tremble a catechism as I knit the final tiny tablecloth: any dropped stitch a trespass—I join
thirteen figures together, balancing them as tenderly as soft china teacups across my lap. Lead me not into—
I turn shamefaced Judas away. The Messiah stretches out his woolen arms to me. I am his Weeping Mother and his God.

Olga Dermott-Bond

Olga Dermott-Bond, originally from Northern Ireland, studied English Literature at the universities of St. Andrews and Warwick. A former Warwick Poet Laureate, she has been commissioned to write for Poetry on Loan. She writes poetry, micro poetry and flash fiction, and has had work published in a range of publications including Crooked Holster, Cannon’s Mouth, Panning for poetry NI, Dodging the Rain and Rattle Magazine. Her flash fiction is soon to be published by Paper Swans. In 2017 she was shortlisted in the National First Story Competition, longlisted in The Poetry Society’s Primers publishing prize, commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize and won the Forward/Emag creative–critical competition. She is a teacher, and is currently a member of Writing West Midland’s Room 204.