Poem: Love Knots by Sarah Doyle

Love Knots

Tie me a Rolling Hitch –
where a loose end is held
and takes a turn for the better;
where fibres grip hard,
never sliding apart.

Tie me a Sheet Bend –
where two ropes are coupled
and doubled for safety;
where difference is immaterial
if the bonds are true.

Tie me a Reef Knot –
where simplicity is everything
and transparency matters;
where strands clasp each other
in sinuous curves.

Tie me an Anchor Hitch –
where waters are dangerous
and horizons are changing;
where the line can take tension
but never wear thin.

Tie me a Blood Knot –
where substance is needed
and constancy called for;
where folds are drawn tightly,
withstanding all storms.

Tie me a Bowline –
where strength is important
and decades bear witness;
where shelter and refuge
are woven right through.

Tie me a Forget-Me-Knot –
where ends may be tattered,
but still coil together;
where impressions remain
when the knot is untied.


Previously published in Hands and Wings anthology, White Rat Press, 2015


Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies, and placed in many poetry competitions.  She is co-author (with Allen Ashley) of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014).  More at www.sarahdoyle.co.uk or on Twitter: @PoetSarahDoyle


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