Knotted Spool of Yarn…

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There is a knotted spool of yarn sitting in the past
that never unwinds, and every time I reach back 
to untangle it the twine turns to a bigger mess
in the shape of, say, a cross, helix, or heart,

sometimes a person from the street comes 
along behind me and tries to straighten out 
the knot as I addle forward, holding the yarn 
like the train of a wedding dress but they tire 

quickly and retire into alleyways or supermarket 
entrances, the knot collects mites, hair, and dust 
in its bright yellow fur, and I wonder about static helix
electricity sometimes when I am left alone at night,

I wonder if there is some other way to rid myself
of the ball, I wonder if I can cut the thing loose 
and be done with it, but then I find that I am too 
worn to bother with cutting or holding or untying,

so I hold it close to me and take it where I go, 
no longer dragging it, I take it into the barbershop,
I take it to friends’ weddings, I take it to the park, and 

by: Roman Newell

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by: Darlene Carroll

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