The Thought



Heavy is the thought
Of decisions weighed
And emotions caught,
       In the obesity of morality.
       The thinning of fidelity.
Of hopes and dreams for naught.

Smothered is the thought
Of flaming energies
And ideas that are not,
        In the vacuum of my heart.
        The prison of my mind.
Of battles waged and tears fought.

Fearful is the thought
Of challenges great
And destinies plot,
        In the travels of life.
        The competition of love.
Of success forever being sought.

Painful is the thought
Of memories past
And hurts wrought,
        In the expansion of self.
        The torture of giving.
Of gifts gone never to be brought.

About this poem

I was deep in a dark place when this came out of me. And though I wrote it many years ago, often I feel it again. I've used the poem as a metaphor for the idea that we all carry a bag of what we consider moral. The more we think is moral, the heavier the bag we carry gets.

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Written on 1989

Submitted by Billigami on November 09, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXABBA AXCXXA AXCXXA AXAXXA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 661
Words 128
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6

William Michael Reeves

William Michael Reeves, a.k.a Billigami, lives in Seattle. Works as a nurses aide and has drawn inspiration from experiences as a caregiver. more…

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