The Way It Is
William Stafford, American, 1914-1993 from The Way It Is, 1998.
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.
The header photo is the cover of P.L. Henderson’s book: Unravelling Women’s Art published in the UK in 2021 by Supernova Books. Pandemic gift from a friend.