For The Sunday Muse prompt #120,Β  and B who in (wo)manfully wrestling pain to a standstill reminds us to hope again…

Remember, in
the failing light
of falling night,
when the weight
of the world feels
like a thing around
your neck, that
we see you, proud
against the night-
feet planted firmly
in the mushy earth,
in the maelstrom.
Like the North Star
sometimes hidden,
sometimes peering out
from behind the clouds,
a beacon showing home
we see you and believe


  1. Carrie V. H. · August 10

    I so love the hope that out weighs the worries around our neck. This is so beautiful A.J.!!

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  2. Sherry Marr · August 10

    I love this, especially the closing lines.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wyndolynne · August 11

    Amazing–the strength comes through.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jim · August 11

    I like writing of fighting against the “the weight of the world.” You did well in showing the fight, not necessarily winning but things were better than they first seemed.
    BTW, I was an Aerospace Engineer with our U.S. Airforce and NASA for seventeen years before I switched fields to teacg.

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    • AJ · August 11

      Fascinating.. Great to ‘meet’ an engineer with a creative side.. Corrosion and Materials Engineer here… πŸ™‚


  5. Beverly Crawford · August 11

    A wonderful poem, depicting reality and hope…..and we all need to find that “beacon showing home”!


  6. Helen Dehner · August 12

    Simply beautiful …. a pleasure to read, to take in. Sigh.


  7. Vivian Zems · August 13

    I meant…., I LIKE this πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚


  8. Vivian Zems · August 13

    Beautifully described-I’d like this πŸ™‚


  9. Susie Clevenger · August 13

    The moon always lightens the burdens I hang from my neck. I should commune with her more often. Beautiful writing


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