One Solution

I try the threadbare twine of this stiff knot
and wonder how it came to be so tight
and tangled, dread-lock and relentless clot.
A marling hitch or carrick bend tied right
performs its task steadfastly, but comes slack
with little protest when I tug the bends.
But this! The cord slips through, above and back
and through. Still, I suppose this tough snarl lends
itself to some reflection on my life:
Because its ductile threads so often kink,
I learned to make decisions with a knife —
as Alexander drew his sword to think,
then brought the blade-edge thundering to the spot
that marked the shake-split of the Gordian knot.