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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.






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