Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

The Thread - Poem by Denise Levertov

Something is very gently,
invisibly, silently,
pulling at me-a thread
or net of threads
finer than cobweb and as
elastic. I haven't tried
the strength of it. No barbed hook
pierced and tore me. Was it
not long ago this thread
began to draw me? Or
way back? Was I
born with its knot about my
neck, a bridle? Not fear
but a stirring
of wonder makes me
catch my breath when I feel
the tug of it when I thought
it had loosened itself and gone.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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