Celtic Knot

a tenuous thread blown on a breeze

woven into a net, it saves us

you pull on the thread, i feel it,

a bowline that twitches under my rib


sometimes that pull can hurt me

when i know that you are feeling some pain

wrapping the thread round my fingers

I hold it to bring you back closer again


the connection between us all can be frail

we can twist it, strain it and break it,

or twine it, thread it and weave it

into a beautiful knot that is strong




The bowline is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie and it is easy to untie after being subjected to a heavy load. But the bowline knots name has an earlier meaning, dating to the age of sail. On a square-rigged ship, a bowline is a rope that holds the edge of a square sail towards the bow of the ship and into the wind, preventing it from being taken aback. A ship is said to be on a “taut bowline” when these lines are made as taut as possible in order to sail close-hauled to the wind.


2 thoughts on “Celtic Knot

  1. I am a sailor and feel very close to all this. Bowline can mean death or life to a sailor. Sounds dramatic but all the sailors reading this notes know what I am talking about. I know how to make the knots, know how to use them abd how to open them. That’s why this sailor is still alive and happy. And I have some imaginary too, with the same effect : keeping me safe and happy. Winks and smiles.


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