#40 – Explain About the Thread

“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;Continue reading “#40 – Explain About the Thread”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

My friend, Tom, shared this poem with a small group of us last week. The poet invokes the fullness of a child’s resolve to live up to and into the expectations of his life and the loss of innocence necessary to do so. Tom’s reading of it, both tender and measured, was heartbreaking in theContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

In early 2016, as I was putting the finishing touches on a collection of blog posts and essays that I would publish as A More Daring Life, I knew that I would begin the book with the poem, A Course in Creative Writing by William Stafford. Accompanied by Mary Oliver and David Whyte, Stafford is the thirdContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

My attempt to interpret this poem

A Ritual to Read to Each Other By William Stafford If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star. We have to getContinue reading “My attempt to interpret this poem”

Where do you draw the line?

Freedom of Expression My feet wait there listening, and when they dislike what happens they begin to press on the floor. They know when it is time to walk out on a program. Pretty soon they are moving, and as the program fades you can hear the sound of my feet on gravel. If youContinue reading “Where do you draw the line?”

Freedom to Choose

– William Stafford, from The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems I have to choose my freedom. It is not given to me by role or position. It is not taken from me by oppression or circumstance. My freedom is exercised in the present moment when I choose how to respond to what’s happeningContinue reading “Freedom to Choose”

Consolation

I keep a book by the bedside called “The Way It Is: New and Collected Poems” by William Stafford. I pick it up when I want to feel more grounded. I pick it up when I need the consolation of plainspoken sensibility. More often than not that consolation comes from a return visit to thisContinue reading “Consolation”

You Have To Explain About the Thread

“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;Continue reading “You Have To Explain About the Thread”