2020-09-17 – Fought the Knot

fought the knot but
never got it
right,

rope over nope, loops
unravel and
kink,

lips pucker
airtight,

deepening the tint of ink
in veins spreading
viral over my
eyes,

i tried, was denied,
so in clown
makeup

i cried,

though i’m pleased
to report that
damn shoe
got tied,

++++

but i wasn’t waved on
to grade 1 till each
eye socket
dried,

so i began swallowing
tears in knots with
each breath,

until i learned a
poorly tied
shoe,

wasn’t an offense
punishable
by death,

++++

just a pressure
that many
kids felt

when out
came the belt.

+++

and to this day, when i catch a
kid fumbling to lace up
their own shoe,

i have to bite down
on the urge to
offer them
glue
,

or a velcro pair
of steel toe
boots.

Fumbly Thumbsman
igram: 
https://www.instagram.com/grumpygorman/?hl=

image by Fabian Debora at – https://imagejournal.org/journal/issue-71/fabian-debora-issue-71/

..ok, time to sever these roots.