spiders-web-644923_cc0I’m told the trouble lies
deep in my synapses
both spider and maze
embedded and threaded,
the warping of my weft,
strings plucked to sound
sorrow or shrill,
strings pulled
to make me dance darkly,
venomous strands casting
long shadows
over all I see.

there is today.
And today there is sun
enough to disentangle
the threads of me.


Jack Heffron on Writing as “Hope”

photo courtesy of Creative Commons, license CC0 “Writing is an act of hope. It is a means of carving order from chaos, of challenging beliefs and assumptions, of facing the world with eyes and heart wide open. Through writing, we declare a personal identity amid faceless anonymity. We find purpose and beauty and meaning even when the rational mind argues that none of these exist. Writing, therefore, is also an act of courage … you have to risk opening yourself.”

Jack Heffron,
The Writer’s Idea Book … Ideas for Fiction,
Nonfiction, Poetry and Screenplays

Rilke on Great Sadness

“So you must not be frightened, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do.

“You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall…”

–Ranier Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet

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