Stolen Habit

Joe Strickland 1986 (Hobbysville, SC)



toil incessantly,
back bent
like burdened beast,
laboring against the weight
of living.

sweat, struggle,
muscle and spirit strained
in the brutal dance of earning.

when the day is done,
the spirit undaunted,
strengthens,
a fire kindled in the forge
of strife.

About this poem

The poem depicts the harsh realities of labor and the indomitable spirit that emerges from it.

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Written on March 29, 2024

Submitted by JoeStrickland on March 29, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXXXA XXA XXXXX
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 262
Words 53
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 3, 5

Joe Strickland

I'm just a regular, blue collar, working stiff who took an interest in writing poetry many years ago but until recently I haven't had a desire to share any with anyone or pursue publication. I'm an unpublished fork lift operator by night, and a day drinker by choice. I can be followed on Twitter @JoeStricklandSC more…

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