Following the beautiful thread

Recently I encountered the lovely poem by William Stafford, The Way It Is.

His words enable me to see more clearly the weave of our lives.

And his insights encourage me to keep hold of the thread, which at times feels almost ephemeral.


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, in Ask Me

Can you see your beautiful thread?

~ Thanks to Richard Merrick for sharing the poem