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.