Friday, June 23, 2023


Bold as you are,
you might hold
a few hands,

as it helps to 
distribute the load 
like a yoke.  

Within reason 
fall all of the labors 
you could mention,

and your neighbors 
don't know if you're 
making a joke—

but it's they 
who'll lay hands 

and lend 
shoulders to your body 

the day when
your tour 
of exhaustion is done; 

and you won't 
begrudge someone 
for carving in stone 

that backbone 
was your burden 

and your heart 
rolled into one.