About the thread…

lilly cosmos

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change.  But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

William Stafford

I’ve been working with a dear friend on a project involving poetry. It has reminded me how much I used to love reading poetry. I even wrote and published a bit years ago.

My friend has introduced me to some poets whose work moves me profoundly. I feel myself tiptoeing back to poetry.

29 thoughts on “About the thread…

  1. As I was scrolling down to get to the comment section I saw Barb’s comment and I was going to write the same, because I feel the same. I am glad you are finding your way back to poetry but that is what your images speak. I haven’t been a big fan of this type of reading but you would be the one to make me a believer.

  2. My gratitude to you, dear poetry troubadour, for leading me back in this direction and sharing such amazing poetry with me, along with your infectious enthusiasm…

  3. Oh Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of this…I will be thinking of you, dear friend…I am delighted that this post was helpful in some small way…take good care…

  4. Susan, have you dipped into Mary Oliver? There are many of her poems available on the Internet…I think you would like her. Thanks for your encouragement…One day I may…

  5. What a beautiful poem to go with this beautiful image! I’ve been getting into poetry myself, not writing but reading. I’d love to know your suggestions and I’d love to read some of your writings… I hope you will share with us!

  6. Such a poignant poem. I’ve never been truly interested in poetry or poets, but every now and then I’ll read something — whether in a book or something someone has shared with me — and I can be deeply moved…as I was with this one.

  7. Well that certainly is a beautiful and profound poem…I’m going to copy to read as I come to terms with having my blood clots return…(I make them sound like my friends, but they are not)…hard to come to terms with something that now is “for the rest of your life.” I feel like you posted this just for me Sherry and the flower also…
    BTW…I also love poetry but need to get back into it again also…
    Thanks for this lovely post…

  8. Thanks, dear Sherry. That’s such a ‘coming home’ poem! And the brillant magenta edge of the cosmos…mmm… Mary Lou

  9. What a lovely poem by William Stafford. I like to discover new works. I too find poetry very nourishing. It touches us on a deeper, sometimes hidden, level.
    Lovely Cosmos flower too.

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