Today's Inspiration & Writing Prompt


William Stafford

If you don't know what kind of person I am

and I don't know what kind of person you are

a pattern that others made may prevail in the world

and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,

a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break,

sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood

storming out to play through the broken dike.

And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,

but if one wanders, the circus won't find the park,

I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty

to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,

a remote important region in all who talk:

though we could fool each other, we should consider--

lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

For it is important that awake people be awake,

or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;

the signals we give--yes or no, or maybe--

should be clear; the darkness around us is deep.

The term "golden thread" was coined by William Blake (though he called it a golden string) but developed as a theme in writing by the poet William Stafford...Stafford described the process...that [this] poem arose out of an invisible thing, a meaning that he encountered one day. It arose from what he called the touch of a golden string or thread, and that thread had a particular feeling to it....At the touch of that feeling, of the golden thread, Stafford abandoned whatever had been occupying him, turned toward what he was feeling, and focused his full attention on it...It begins with the simplest of things: A tiny, odd feeling in a social interaction... Anything can become a door into deeper worlds...Golden threads touch all of us, every day, but most often only artists and children take the time to follow them.

Stephen Harrod Buhner, Ensouling Language

WRITING PROMPT: Think about a "golden thread" moment in your day; close your eyes and return to that moment. Write down what you are thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, sensing.

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