For the Sunday Muse prompt # 112:
Sometimes I carry
the weight of the world
upon my head, its heft
held between the twin peaks
of forgotten and accepted things,
a history curated not
by those who waver
at the threat of war
but those who embrace
its vagaries, who daily
pour out a libation
to destruction.

What seems like
the stillness of a boat
in quiet waters only hides
the furious paddling
of a mind being torn apart
as it wrestles with the tension
between conforming and desire.

This is how one keeps
dismay at bay, until
someday in a moment,
unexpected in its coming
and ferocity, it ignites.


  1. Carrie V. H. · June 15, 2020

    Brilliant poem A.J.! I love the observation and wisdom here. it is so true, how one holds so much in, and then one day something is ignited indeed. So glad to see you at the Muse!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Helen Dehner · June 15, 2020

    A breathtaking poem that resonates, stays around long after it’s read.


  3. Sherry Marr · June 16, 2020

    I feel like I am carrying the weight of the world too these days, so your poem really resonates.


  4. qbit · June 16, 2020

    So good! “its heft
    held between the twin peaks
    of forgotten and accepted things,” — perfect.


  5. wyndolynne · June 17, 2020

    This makes the underlying tension of that stance sing.


  6. Jim · June 18, 2020

    A.J, I felt your write, mine also started with carrying the world’s weight in the head. I liked your ending, holding”dismay (and desire for me) at bay, until … ” it ignites. Mine has ignited more than several times during my many years..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Susie Clevenger · June 22

    I love this. It really speaks to me because of late I’ve held so much inside…I feel the storm is coming.

    Liked by 1 person

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