take the woolen thread
that natural by-product of sheep
that symbol of the herd
for those who don’t yearn
for those who just accept
and sew

choose what you want to fashion
a tapestry or banner
for a corridor of power
a sash or socks
to adorn or warm
or writer’s gloves
with the fingertips exposed
take the woolen thread and sew

see the omens – if you can
hear the whispers of the muses
listen to your own yearnings
take the raw emotions of your life
and shape them with verve
take the woolen thread and sew

look into the mirror and don’t blink
don’t be fooled by the opal surface
look deeply – thrust through the layers
take the woolen thread and sew

clothe us – warm us
comfort us – warn us
we need it
even if we don’t know it
just strengthen us
take the woolen thread and sew

/ / /

This poem was written in response to Wordle 22 at The Sunday Whirl.


40 thoughts on “Threads

  1. Richard, I like where this DIDn’t go…I was so trapped by the word “muse” that I wanted to leave it out of my piece altogether. I did not want IT to be the focus of my poem. You’ve included it and used the word so well. (LOL – I guess I have an aversion to “muse”!)

    For me, I was moved by the possibilities of action…to take the thread and sew. Not waiting for something to be sewn for us…but to make something happen. And you’ve given us glimpses of the endless possibilities of what that could be.

    As always, Richard, I love your words and where you take them…


    • Paula, thank you so much. Yes, “muse” was that difficult word, that called to us all – and yet stumped us too, I think. I like what you said about “the possibilities of action” – thank you for that.


      • Pamela and Paula – too funny. I share your dislike of the word muse. Truly one of the worst words in the English language in my opinion. I like the meaning, just not the sound of it. I left it out of my poem, but did include the word music – does that count? 🙂

  2. This is absolutely wonderful, I LOVE IT! For so many reasons and in so many ways. You hooked me at the first verse.

    Brilliant and quite profound!

    What a way to wordle! 🙂


  3. Excellent contribution this week, Mr. Walker! I’m impressed with your wordling prowess. 🙂 It reads like a prayer to a muse. Beautiful and engrossing. I like how you related the thread running throught the piece back to sheep.

    • Marianne, thank you. That repeating line is a last minute revision. I wrote the poem Sunday morning, and then left the house to celebrate my son’s birthday at the Exploratorium and then Chuck E. Cheese’s. Once my boys were in bed, I took a loot at it again before posting. Glad now that I did.


  4. Richard, you have hit a deep resonating cord with this. Any creative individual must take that common woolen thread and make his/her own path through the living of it. The analogy works well and like Irene says, the refrain simply underlines the insight offered. Thanks for this one. You wordle well,


    • Elizabeth, wow, thank you. I love “deep resonating cord” – that’s a great pun and fine praise too. Thread – cord – chord. Of course, refrain and music too. I had writing in mind, but I guess it works for other creative endeavors too.


  5. Richard, a lovely metaphor for practically any art form. My sister is a quilter – a real, old-fashioned 100-percent “by God” quilter, and she feels about her threads the same way I feel about words and about music. Take the thread and sew… We can all use that as a mantra! Great write; wonderful use of the Wordle. Peace, Amy

    • Amy, thank you. A family friend made small quilts for each of my boys when they were babies. I’m no good with my hands, but I admire people who are. I’m with you; words are my thread.


  6. Richard, I know you said a couple of times that you feel the opening stanza is clunky, but it isn’t. Like all new endeavors, our first steps are tentative and halting, but once we leap in and begin the journey, a rhythm begins to develop. Whether you intended it or not, that’s exactly what the structure of your poem reflects. Well done.

    P.S. – I’m allergic to wool, so I don’t cotton to sheep’s thread too well. Still, I’ll take what I’m given and sew… 😉

    • Traci, thank you for the kind words. That’s not what I intended, but I’ll take it. I appreciate your interpretation. Cotton threads work just fine, so long as you sew.


  7. “take the woolen thread and sew”

    Ariadne would appreciate this line. I certainly do! Sometimes the slenderest of threads can lead us out of the darkest and most confusing labyrinths…

    My Wordle Poem

  8. Richard, this is wonderful. I have been drawn to the idea of sewing lately (both literally and metaphorically) – it showed up in a recent poem of mine and that’s one of the reasons I suggested the word thread to Brenda. I love love love how you’ve used it here. “Take the woolen thread and sew” is such a rich and layered line – a poem in itself. Very nice work.

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