Unwind within me. Oh pain, I knotted you up, Crudely looped and tore at you, Yet your strands were too strong, Those ropes that bit into my flesh Bound my wrists, held my legs. I knotted you up Into a bundle I could hold Look at and investigate Gain comfort from keeping you in my sights. Better than not knowing your devious work Not knowing which parts of my life You were immobilizing. I know you now, I can see where you begin, That frayed end, Yet in the midst of the knots I can’t find your resolution. As I try to unwind you Work this pain through It is like trying to feed thread through the eye of a needle. These knots have become a hindrance Trying to feed you through my mouth Onto a page, and now holding you has gained it’s own kind of pain like I may never be rid of you. I pray, unwind within me Flee from me for I have had my fill, Yet I know you won’t For it was I who knotted you up, So I must sit here and ceremoniously, Ritually, unbind you.