Friday, May 16, 2008

The weight of the world

The burden that you carry is
yours alone.

It seems to me that you cling to it
as fiercely as it clings to you.

I cannot claim it as my own, nor will I
help you carry it, for it only grows heavier
the stronger you get.

I do not know its name nor can I
help you to name it, and thereby
make it harmless.

Nor will you learn its name from the wind,
for its true identity lies sheltered
deep within you where the weather cannot reach
until your journey has long since ended and
your bones are picked clean.

Only you can uncover
the truth.

This burden is yours alone.

Rachel Westfall
May 16, 2008

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