Disentangle (A Poem)


by Virginia Knowles

When I was a girl of 10 or so
I would sit long with a fat skein of vibrant yarn
Tangled by carelessness or cat
And I would focus my child eyes and
With supple hand, loosen the knots gently
Guide this end through that loop
Look again and plan how to untangle this mess
And one by one the knots would clear
I would wind new inches onto my salvage ball
Wedged between my knees to keep it from rolling away
And I would work another tangle and another, satisfied
Then set it aside for later
Times, too, that fibers enmeshed, refused to budge
No undoing that hard and tight knot, no chance of change
No choice but to give it a hard yank, break it right there
Or better yet, find scissors and cut it loose
To go on with disentangling and reclaiming the rest
I think of that now

Kindred poems…
Grace and peace,
Virginia Knowles

About virginiaknowles

I am a mother and grandmother of a huge family, and I still home school my youngest daughter. I write to stay sane. My WordPress blog is a combination of my Blogspot blogs, and may not be continually updated.
This entry was posted in Authentic Life, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post, Legalism ~ Spiritual Abuse, Life Transitions, My Parents ~ My Childhood, Peacemaking~Forgiveness, Pilgrimage and Jubilee, Poetry. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Disentangle (A Poem)

  1. Author Amok says:

    Knitting is a metaphor for so many things in life. Keep working those at those knots. Keep knitting your beautiful gifts.

  2. Carrie K says:

    Sometimes untangling skeins is more satisfying than actually knitting. If only it was that easy in real life. Lovely poem.

  3. Thank you, Carrie! So fun to see that my sister linked the poem on Ravelry!

  4. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this perfect metaphor of life.

  5. Lux G. says:

    Amazing how simple things could teach us important lessons and show us the depth of life. Well written.

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