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Threads of Understanding by Susan Patterson

Monday, February 23rd 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Threads of Understanding - Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

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Threads of Understanding

It is frightfully clear that
I don’t get what life is all about.
But there are threads of understanding
That I sometimes see in the
Tapestry that is my existence.   

Now and again, a thread is gold colored, and the
Clarity of my comprehension is shining bright. 
Every so often one shows up as purple, for healing,
Mine, or someone else’s. 
But in truth, most of the time I don’t see
Any specific strand at all.

Generally, these lines of insight
Are woven so tightly
With the multi-colored fibers of what I think and
What other people tell me, that
There is no real distinct
Definition in the weaving. 

And just when I do get gossamer
Of understanding,
It goes away. The line that I follow with my
Mind’s eye gets lost in the warp and the woof
Of the weaving that is me.    

Ephemeral threads of understanding.  Extraordinary,
When I see exquisite patterns,
Frustrating, when I see complicated tangles.

  ~Susan Patterson~


Author Comments:
 
This poem, of course, is a commentary about how little we humans know, even though we want total knowledge of our purpose and path for our life.  We long to see a reason for everything.  When we do, or think we do, it is so very satisfying.  When we do not, there is such a sense of confusion.  Do you agree?  skp

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSONwho on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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