“A tapestry is being stitched

story by story,

step by step, thread by thread

Pictures of her life come alive

with threads of gold,

of silver, of royal purple,

of hope, of faith, of love

her story unfolding

in the fabric, the knitted

tapestry of her life”


Raymond Foss: threads of her journey




All women should think of their lives this way.

I have no idea where I found this … nor why I was anywhere where I would find this poem.


But I am glad I did.

It is nice. And it is positive … not dark … but colorful in its hopefulness. And it captures the essence of personal stories & storytelling.

In today’s world we have a nasty tendency to rush our ways through stories trying to showcase a tapestry instead of showing the weave & the threads. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Everyone says “time is the new currency” and “shorter attention spans.” That’s … well … bullshit. People will pay attention, for as long as it takes, if it is a good story.

A great story is built thread by thread and time is only driven by how quickly, or how slowly, you showcase the beauty & intrigue of each thread and how it fits into the greater weave.


I see gobs of people talking about storytelling online, on twitter, most talking about brands & brand heroes and authenticity and … well … a lot of mumbo jumbo that suggests there is some formula.



I know there are effective ways of telling a story but … well … if you just took some care to build the story step by step, thread by thread, permitting the pictures come to life in rich & vivid colors … wouldn’t that beat any formula or “should do’s” that some marketing storyteller expert tells you?

People are inherently storytellers … maybe we should just get out of their way and let them tell stories.




All women should think of their lives this way.



I googled and found Foss has a site called Poetry Where You Live: http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/ .

It has over 13,000 of his poems and almost 1000 of his photographs if you are interested.

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Written by Bruce