Shoelaces

I jump through hoops

for you

as you tighten

the reigns

I support you

without thanks

I soak up

the dirt, water, air

so you are

safe, clean, dry

you only pay attention

when you’re tripped up

and even then

only for a minute

as long as I’m around

you move forward

while I wait

for acknowledgement

a tender touch

I take care of myself

for you

but I am

coming to

the end

of my string