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The Gordian Knot

In keeping with the theme these days:

Nothing forced works.
The Gordian knot just worsens 
if it’s jerked at by a person.
One of the main stations
of the cross is patience.
Another, of course, is impatience.
There is such a thing as 
too much tolerance 
for unpleasant situations, 
a time when the gentle 
teasing out of threads 
ceases to be pleasing 
to a woman born for conquest.
Instead she must assault 
the knot or alp or everest 
with something sharp 
and take upon herself 
the moral warp of sudden progress.

(Kay Ryan, 1945 - )