NaPoWriMo, Day 10

HOW TO TIE A SHOE

 

Step one: lay your laces to either side.

Consider how vast that distance is

to a tiny creature, how uncertain

the terrain.

 

Step two: choose a method.  Sometimes many paths

lead to the same place–

Buddhists say there are eight of them,

flaming staircases converging in rightness

as you twist the bunny ears and loop through.

 

Step three: develop an understanding of tension.

Even spiderwebs have a sort of diplomacy about them.

 

Step four: prepare for tears.  Near misses

hurt more than outright failures.

Your laces may not be long enough,

so measure carefully in units of intention

or desire.  Note: your laces will never be long enough.

 

Step five: inhale to standing.  You are now

ready to move in any direction.

Choose wisely.  Double-knot just in case.

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