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The Knot

The problem was how to begin with the end
and then it turned out there were two ends:
the end within the continuing
that, continuing, enveloped
the end. You passed yourself
coming and going, went through
one loop, then another,
what was behind drawn
through at a
slide until
it rose
before you, sprung.
Tangle like a bramble,
like a rose. Start,
start again against
the tight-
ening. A knife
could give up
on patience, but you
were born among
the dull and
kind, who wait
for Spring, and
lightening
and lightning.

Credit


From Cinder. Copyright © 2017 by Susan Stewart. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Graywolf Press, www.graywolfpress.org.

Author


Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart was born in 1952. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Cinder: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2017).

Date Published: 2017-04-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/knot