Carry Your Burdens

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2018 April PAD Challenge – Day 30!
“Write a closing time poem.  Another way of coming at this prompt is to write a poem in which something is coming to an end.”

This poem is based on a line from, Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

“shoulders falling down like teardrops”

World is too burdensome for your shoulders.
Allow your load to be shared ‘stead of falling
into the role of martyr, where others lay down
their tasks, knowing well how you like
efficiency and tying up loose ends. Teardrops
will fall when they learn of your well-earned
retirement. Diluting their salty
tears will be a bitter taste of what
is to come. End of a walk in the park
for many; time to carry your own weight.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Carry Your Burdens

  1. This tone and style fit you well. More, please


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