knot

pull one end,
tease a loop –
get a fingernail in the mess,
pry with a pencil here or
a dull sewing needle there.
How the knot compounds
with these careful moves,
how large it grows
beneath our fingers
and we worry at the size of it
too large to fit in our palms,
and still we pick and puncture –
wondering, up until the last,
if we should fetch a knife.

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