when I tie my shoes
I think of when
I first learned to tie them
which was quite awhile ago.
And I recall
the struggle that it was
to get it right —
how proud I felt
when I could do it by myself.

For many years
I hadn’t thought of how it was back then.
But now
that reaching down to tie my shoes
is not as easy as it was
I think of when
it wasn’t easy at the start.

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