I sit at a wheel
running hither and yon over miles
of asphalt ribbon
Some so worn and shredded with potholes my car can scarcely
bear the beating.
Mile after mile, driving me from word
to endless words..
I can hardly think, let alone tap into any source
of light, joy, meaning.
I sit at another wheel
wool running through my hands
and meaning begins to soothe my potholed heart.
Fibers – cleaned, combed, carded, and dyed, form
into a ribbon of color and softness
that makes more sense to me
than the asphalt.
Couldn’t I remain here?
Couldn’t I have whole days of fiber, wool, spinning ,
and weaving it into the landscape of my life?
I try. I grow weary in the trying.
That other wheel shreds all sense of sanity and rootedness. Will I ever be free of it?
If only I could sit at that wheel
and see a golden thread being spun of all the miles,
the stopping and starting, the car’s cutting me off, the backed-up traffic.
Would that I could spin color and blessing
rather than frustration and cursing
at the wheel of our Mazda.
Would that I could live all of my life knowing
that He who is at the wheel has it firmly in hand
and is spinning something of beauty
with the asphalt and frustration.
Can I lean into this thought as I’m spinning my wheels today?
Wishing you a day of beauty no matter what sort of wheels you spin. I’m inspired by this fiber artist – Stacey Budge-Kamison, also known as the UrbanGypZ. You will want to watch her videos on spinning and weaving, and there are so many others to indulge your fiber love.
I’m also continuing the #100DayProject and loving every minute! I’m actually a bit surprised that my typical flighty creative self hasn’t wanted to jump ship and set sail in a different direction. Of course, I am always doing multiple creative things so it all stays fresh and joyful!