Safety Net by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

This morning I woke
thinking of all the people I love
and all the people they love
and how big the net
of lovers. It felt so clear,
all those invisible ties
interwoven like silken threads
strong enough to make a mesh
that for thousands of years
has been woven and rewoven
to catch us all.
Sometimes we go on
as if we forget
about it. Believing only
in the fall. But the net
is just as real. Every day,
with every small kindness,
with every generous act,
we strengthen it. Notice,
even now, how
as the whole world
seems to be falling, it
is there for us as we
walk the day’s tightrope,
how every tie matters.

Safety Net

When I first read this poem, I was reminded of something my then-4-year-old son said one night before drifting off to sleep, that he imagined all the people in the world were as if at the cross-points on a spider’s web, that we are all somehow connected. Rather a profound thought for such a young mind but you know what they say about the mouths of babes. In this poem, Trommer offers a similar notion but takes it a step further, that this is a wide net of all the people I love / and all the people they love, ready to catch us all.

She is thinking how big the net / of lovers, all those unseen connections, interwoven like silken threads, creating a mesh woven and rewoven / to catch us all. She tells us we sometimes forget about this net, believing only / in the fall when in fact with every small kindness, / with every generous act, / we strengthen it. She is asking us to notice how even as the whole world / seems to be falling (and there are many days it feels this way), that this net is there for us as we / walk the day’s tightrope. That’s what kindness can do, what a safety net is for, is it not? Ready to catch us if we fall, to hold us in its unseen mesh.

The last line says it all for me, how every tie matters, how it is our interdependence and connection that saves us daily. We are each, as my son told me, a critical point on this invisible web, the whole incomplete without each of us taking our place with love and kindness.

14 thoughts on “Safety Net by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

  1. I have been opening doors for people talking to them. They smile and even talk back. It is a positive reminder that we a caring humans.

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  2. Thanks, so much for this – just what I need to hear today and every day – for that matter. One of those generous acts of kindness that tie is all together.

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  3. Hi Jan. Nice poem. Thanks. Imagine if we remembered every day that we are connected to all people everywhere and their survival is our survival? What if we knew how deeply we are connected to the forest communities that give us life? How different our world would be 🦋🐝

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  4. Dearest Janice:

    I LOVE and APPRECIATE this poem and you who posted it. I am mostly destined to not post to your blog. Why?? I don’t know. But this poem will be travelling around the world on your air currents.

    Much love and thanks from New Brunswick

    Tbxo

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  5. [image: Spiders Web (TA).jpg] from artist/photographer Terry Abraham (Melbourne) This Orb Spider’s web. The poem made me think of this! Maggie

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