Hold on to the thread

One of my childhood heroes was Theseus.
It was Ariadne’s thread that helped him find his way
out of the the maze where he’d killed the Minotaur.
In these uncertain times, I found this helpful.

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.

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