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(07 April 1950 / London)

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The eye of the needle

All the needles sitting to attention in the packet
Waiting for you to pick one with the biggest eye
Their shiny coat glistens in the bright day,
Their fine lines waiting to be caressed.

Brightly coloured cotton reels of differing sizes
In the sewing box like a multi coloured painters
Palette. A rainbow of colours both big and small
Roll around the box.

You select one reel and run your fingers through
The packet of needles, looking for the right one.
The one that you can see that you can thread
The cotton through – but Arrghh – C’est impossible.

Needle in one hand, cotton in the other, you spend
Ten minutes squinting at the eye of the needle
Trying to thread the cotton. The cotton brushes
Over the eye but alas, it passes along side.

Life can be a bit like threading cotton through the
Eye of a needle. You look at a problem yet the eyes
Deceive and you lose the thread. Only patience prevails
In this uncertain world. Patience and perseverance.

Submitted: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 01, 2013


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  • marvin brato (10/10/2013 4:41:00 AM)

    Thought provoking write, we always dare to do things our own way and discover that at the end the result is not what we expected!

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  • Queeny Gona (10/9/2013 12:48:00 PM)

    Wow! Perfect simile..... Until I read the last and the heart of the poem: I perceived that you are describing a petty issue our day to day actions in a poetic slang and at last when the correlation has been shown up in the last stanza, I liked it all! Very professional....

  • Diane Hine (10/9/2013 8:17:00 AM)

    I'd say you've sewn this poem up in a very professional manner!

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (10/6/2013 9:03:00 PM)

    Hi David,
    Nice poem. One has to wear a suitable near vision spectacles to read and also thread the needle and better visualization. Likewise to solve a problem, have a broad mind, open for various possibilities!

  • Anthony Di''anno (10/3/2013 5:44:00 AM)

    Cleverly done David. I enjoyed it. And you are right perseverance and patience are the key. Well written :)

  • Kavya . (10/3/2013 1:42:00 AM)

    amazing poem Sir with a beautiful message in the end. You have so nicely compared Life with the eye of the needle. How true only patience prevails in this uncertain world. Really a nice one!

  • Heather Wilkins (10/2/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    I have tried so many times to thread the needle, sometimes it is just difficult to do. nice write

  • Valsa George (10/2/2013 9:43:00 AM)

    A beautiful analogy! With advancing years, it is so difficult to thread a needle... it requires immense patience! Solving the problems that come to us one by one also demands immense patience! Enjoyed this write which has employed a unique comparison! !

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/2/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    Life can be a bit like threading cotton through the
    Eye of a needle
    Beautifully put. Use a sewing machine which has automatic threading. Man can always create a device that makes difficult tasks easy. But we can't create a device for life. Another needle analogy. Life is like picking a needle in the haystack. Nice poem. Thank you David.

  • Lyn Paul (10/2/2013 2:59:00 AM)

    How true you are David. Wonderful words and one to truly save. Thank you

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