The Golden Thread

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Alexander cuts the Gordian Knot, by Jean-Simon Berthélemy (1743–1811)

Where would you go,
if you could start over again?
Where would you pick up
the thread of your life and
cast it in a new direction?
“Oh, 17,” she’d say, “before
I made all those mistakes.
I’d think every new inch.”
True, I’d say, you’ve knotted
your golden thread in some
serious grannies and tangles.
But I can’t judge.

Where would I go?

Hard to say. My life is nothing
but one Gordian cock-up,
impossible to retrace and
stretch out again. I guess I’d
maybe choose 11, when I got
my first scout knife.
Here, let’s cut me open and
spread me out. See the
tapestry of a life raveled
in doubt, fear, and the soft
ensnaring loops of misplaced
hope that trapped me within
since I first frayed that
blanket in my crib.

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