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Tangled Ball of Yarn

A Poem on Staying Focused

By Michelle LiewPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Tangled Ball of Yarn
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With life being a constant race full of distractions and instant gratification, our thoughts become knotted. Staying focused is akin to untangling a ball of yarn; making sense of messy thoughts is challenging indeed. 

Knotted thoughts have lasting, sometime unpleasant consequences. Our productivity decreases. Stress levels increase. We make poor decisions, forget crucial details, and cannot communicate clearly. 

To untangle a knotty or dishevelled ball of yarn, we'd have to know what we want to accomplish. We'd have to put away what's causing us to lose focus on the yarn and stay aware of what we are doing. Enjoy these tankas. 

Tangled ball of yarn

Leaves on floor feathery mess

Mess that clutters brain

Unable to see ahead

Unable to speak the mind

Tangled ball of yarn

So knotted and dishevelled

Must see beyond the knots

Cut away feathery frills

Eyes are solely on the yarn

Cut knots bravely away.


About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Arggghhh I feel so much better and free when my home is straightened up and clutter gone. This is a wonderful piece talking about knots in the processes. ❣️

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    So true. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and work on things one by one. Loved your poem!

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