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Summer/Fall 2019

HOW TO TIE A SHOE

 

by Issa M. Lewis

 

Step one: lay your laces to either side.

Consider how vast that distance is

to small hands.

 

Step two: choose a method.  Sometimes many paths

lead to the same place–Buddhists say

there are eight of them converging in rightness

the bunny ears twist 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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