Chinese Handcuffs

you could think

They are just dollar store trinkets

Palm fronds woven across

A flat plane twisted three-dimensional 

Could be a rainbow or

The real periodic table

Or a map of the world 

In which somewhere there is

A factory full of 

Chinese handcuffs

Woven ropes braided through which create a binding

Tension through the center when

Pulled apart

Another name for divorce

Or a party trick

Or the object a scared man uses to explain things 

He doesn’t understand

Like Thomas Jefferson for instance–so hard to tie a knot

At the end of a rope

Harder still to be

The rope

Affixed with nails to the handle

Holding the world together–

No rope, no hope

Hold on tight


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