The Golden Thread

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More often than not, RT’s mind resembles a crowded, dusty attic. His notebooks are scattered across two apartments and a storage unit; they go back years. What is worse, despite his best efforts, he keeps getting interested in new topics: he swore, for instance, that the Bible was too big, too contentious a subject for his occasional forays into non-fiction. Then he started reading the Bible.

So over the two plus years he’s been publishing The Rag Tree, his entries, once again despite his best efforts, look a little haphazard and even discombobulated. Lots of branches in this tree, but do they suggest any coherent whole, contain any common message(s)?

To answer this question, RT is introducing a new branch, a golden thread, if you will. The Golden Thread will offer posts that seem to RT especially important in general or relevant to The Rag Tree‘s overall goals. This thread will contain bits and pieces of work that go back many years, and in some cases, right to the start of RT’s writing efforts in the early 1980s. RT will be airing his attic, putting on display materials that, frankly, had no publishing venue before the advent of blogging. He hopes to discover some materials he forgot about in the dusty piles and to be inspired to finish stuff that just seemed too crazy, impossible, or hard to finish.


RT has been wondering about threads in poetry for sometime; here’s a piece that goes back to 2005:


the Story that holds the world together


we’re always killing


we can’t help it


time is the usual suspect

thrown up against

the wall



exposed to



still, we should

know better


that peace

is the culprit


no stillness

can hold


no ragged

wound keep

the breath


there’s that

damned word

I you try to



and it won’t

sit still



its tantrums

of panic


the facts into



its voices snaking

through the garden

of pain


the needle of its rhyme

caressing the ear


the golden thread

of the poem

running through

the poet’s mind.


Copyright © 2012, The Rag Tree


Photo: Men’s Semi-Formal Court Robe, 1st quarter 18th century; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Google Art Project; WikiCmns; Public Domain.


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