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Jeanie Greensfelder

There’s a thread you follow.
                  --From “The Way It Is” by William Stafford
I hold out my arms. Mother
puts coils of yarn around them.
Starting with a thread,
she winds ball after ball,
colors for her afghan.
I did not know then
that life holds out its arms
and starting with a thread,
I knit my story.
© by Jeanie Greensfelder.
Used with the author’s permission.

Jeanie Greensfelder is the author of Biting the Apple (Penciled In, 2012) and Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith (Penciled In, 2015. Her poems have been featured on Writers’ Almanac and American Life in Poetry. A psychologist, Jeanie seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey filled, as Joseph Campbell said, with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows. Jeanie lives with her husband Andy in San Luis Obispo, California, where she volunteers as a bereavement counselor and where she has just been named as Poet Laureate for San Luis Obispo County for 2017 and 2018. Read more of her poems at





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chris schulz:
Simple and deeply profound at the same time, thank you Jeanie!
Posted 04/29/2013 10:39 AM
what a gift to be able express our life path with such perfected simplicity
Posted 04/29/2013 10:05 AM
Love this!
Posted 04/28/2013 04:25 PM
Janet Leahy:
With an economy of words, a beautiful poem.
Posted 04/28/2013 12:54 PM
Lovely, terse, full of reflective impression and expression subsequently. So precisely full of the milk of humaness.
Posted 04/28/2013 11:13 AM
Fine poem.
Posted 04/28/2013 10:19 AM
Nancy Simpson:
Simple and profound, the kind of poem I shall always prefer.Thank you, Jeanie.
Posted 04/28/2013 10:08 AM
Beautiful and meaningful. Thank you.
Posted 04/28/2013 09:57 AM
So much in so few words....insightful.
Posted 04/28/2013 09:36 AM
Beautiful, simple, profound.
Posted 04/28/2013 09:14 AM
Beautiful poem!
Posted 04/28/2013 09:14 AM

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