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.

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

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the Story that holds the world together

·

we’re always killing

ourselves

we can’t help it

·

time is the usual suspect

thrown up against

the wall

·

shot

exposed to

derision

·

still, we should

know better

know

that peace

is the culprit

·

no stillness

can hold

·

no ragged

wound keep

the breath

·

there’s that

damned word

I you try to

forget

·

and it won’t

sit still

·

·

its tantrums

of panic

kissing

the facts into

flowers

·

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.

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Copyright © 2012, The Rag Tree

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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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