Is this knot what you meant? Stefanie Alison adds friction to her fiction

(tying stuff together with a rope prevents things from happening–that’s why its called a “not”. The English added the “K” for the same superfluous reason they aded a “u” in “humour”. It’s a tradition back from the days when Robin Hood tied up the rich in order to rob them in Knottingham Forrest)

Our sweet and prolific Stefanie Alison has a second entry into A Dozen Roses from a Single Thorn: A Valentine’s Day Love Story.

Before the roses melt and the chocolates wilt, why not enter the contest yourself?  Here is how:

In the meantime, here

Gordian Knot

by Stefanie Alison


They have mistaken

My cries of pain

As nothing more

Than the friction of rope


They tug

They pull

They threaten

To rip


They believe

If they try

If they are strong

They will undo me


But it was only

A rumor

I will only

Get tighter


But what they

Failed to do

With their

Brawny hands


You did with a gentle smile.


Stefanie ALWAYS makes me smile.

And now, putting a little more English on it, is the rope knot named after Anne Bowline because her hands were tied with this configuration when she got in over her head.

5 thoughts on “Is this knot what you meant? Stefanie Alison adds friction to her fiction

  1. Parisianne Modert says:

    “Gordian Knot” for me is by far the best writing I had read from you to date Stephanie. Others may disagree with me, but I sense both great resistance and horrible pain in being taken advantage of first from others against your will and second through charm which lies. Your poem to me states that it is not the vicious robber of our being which hurts most, not the knot of being tightly restrained, but the love we pray for and the love of promise broken which actually is the most damaging. The poem as I read it speaks of violation that not only wounds healing with scars, but the lies and deceit which kill innocence.

    I would be interested in reading your own thoughts about this poem Stephanie.

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