Malaika King Albrecht
To Enter This World
forget that you once knew
your way around the stars.
Spend an entire childhood
learning to tie your shoes
until you are old enough to tie another’s
then do so for several years.
Tie balloons around your children’s wrists,
your husbands’ ties on holidays,
tie everything that frays over and over
until knots are all that remain.
Get older and spend your free time
untying anything knotted until
all that’s left are the tangles within.
Untie every thought or feeling
you ever had and pass your last
few days floating lost in stars.