La Scapigliata ('The Lady with Dishevelled Hair') - Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1506-8

This relaxing poetic tale is one many “guided experiences” by Silo that have been described both as “short stories with happy endings” and as “psychological practices based on an original literary form.”* All the Guided Experiences are available for download at, as well as in print at Latitude Press, where audio recordings can also be downloaded. This reading of “The Protector of Life” was recorded by Trudi Lee Richards to the music of Erik Satie, Gymnopédie no. 1 (for Harp) (available courtesy of


THE PROTECTOR OF LIFE – a Guided Experience by Silo

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, a poet-bard of Silo’s Message, is the author of "Confessions of Olivia"; "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo"; "Soft Brushes with Death"; and "Experiences on the Threshold." Exactly two of her poems have ever been published: "Fairies of the Forest," which appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957, and "The Great 21st Century Poemic," which appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic ( She also edited and published the independent San Francisco newspaper "Human Future" from 1989-1997, and before that co-founded "La Mamelle," a '70s San Francisco arts publication. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.