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A Long and Drawn-Out Yarn

July 26, 2013
By Kafyra PLATINUM, San Ramon, California
Kafyra PLATINUM, San Ramon, California
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the other day, i had a ball of yarn,
and i turned around for a second
and the cat knocked it off the table
to bat it around for a while.
and when I returned,
it was a lumpy mass of tangles

and i sighed to myself, and i thought,
‘this is my life.’
and then, i realized,
it really is.

and i felt so pleased
that i’d realized something so profound
but that wouldn’t clean up the mess,
so i sat on the floor
drew the yarn close,
and started to untangle it

it started as a straight section,
looped around itself
but easy enough
a wee bit repetitive,
but then, i didn’t know any better
for all i knew, it all was like that

then, a couple feet later,
came the first knot
it could have gone any of three
different paths
but i picked the shortest one
and ran into more knots
than i would have, picking
the harder route

after a while
i got into a kind of rhythm
straight, repetitive for a while
then tons of tangles
but once i got through the hard parts
it was smooth sailing once again

at one part, it seemed too much to deal with.
i just wanted to cut it off,
start again
but then i realized
that i’m not a quitter
so i gritted my teeth,
steeled my jaw,
clawed through the tangles
and made it through

the rest, i only think it fair to state
was far easier

finally, i’d come to the end of the yarn
i’d made it into something,
a beautiful sphere of fiber
something i’d treasure because of the amount of work i put into it
maybe to others it would seem like nothing
but to me, it was special

so i turned around for a moment
to enjoy my success
and the cat knocked it off the table
and it all fell apart again

but i couldn’t get mad
she was a cat, after all
and that’s just life

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on Jul. 29 2013 at 5:50 pm
SoImAWriterNow BRONZE, Schenectady, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie." -Khaled Hosseini


"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." Albert Camus

Oh I love this! Whether you meant this poem to have more than one meaning to it or for it to just be nice and sweet, you did great

on Jul. 29 2013 at 1:15 pm
writefearless SILVER, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
scare your fear before it scares you.

clever! i am amaze on how you used the idea of a ball of yarn to draw out life lessons :)

sarah98 BRONZE said...
on Jul. 28 2013 at 5:23 pm
sarah98 BRONZE, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to write for yourself and have no audience than write for your audience and have no self.

i just love this. the metaphor is so strong, and to be honest, this poem just made me smile. thank you!:)