William Stafford (1914–1993)

From http://www.journeywithjesus.net/PoemsAndPrayers/William_Stafford_The_Way_It_Is.shtml

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.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stafford_(poet): Stafford was a poet and pacifist. In 1970 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He kept a daily journal for 50 years, and composed nearly 22,000 poems, of which roughly 3,000 were published. In 1975, he was named Poet Laureate of Oregon. In 1980, he retired from Lewis and Clark College but continued to travel extensively and give public readings of his poetry. In 1992, he won the Western States Book Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. Stafford died of a heart attack in Lake Oswego, Oregon on August 28, 1993, having written a poem that morning containing the lines, “‘You don’t have to / prove anything,’ my mother said. ‘Just be ready / for what God sends.’

This really spoke to me today, especially the lines:

People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.

How do we explain about our thread when most of the time we are not so sure about it? My thread has brought me back to my hometown and a profession I didn’t really want to be back because of bureaucracy of paperwork that is seems to be more important than the actual education of students.

So I wait holding my thread and waiting for the tug of God to take me to the next place I am to serve. But til then I will serve at this point of my thread. -Peace

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