Some Days

There are days

When this world proves

Too much for me

I was stopped

At a crosswalk

To let a woman and her children cross

A baby under one arm

Two small children rushing

To keep up

A boy and a girl

It was cold and raining

The kids were bundled

Safe from the elements

But she was in just a t-shirt

Stained and tattered sweat pants

She looked in my direction

Our eyes locked, for a moment

She tried to smile

But the depth of sadness, defeat

In her eyes

Was all she could manage

And in that moment, I understood

As the weight she carried

Came down on me, smothering

Suffocating

Showing me a lifetime of burden

In a passing glance

The dreams lost, forgotten

Every disappointment, every struggle

Every failure

Was now a part of me

If you wonder why

I avoid people, prefer to stay home

Walk with my head down

It’s because I have enough

I’ve seen enough

And the knowledge that we are one,

Connected in every way

Proves too much for me

Some days

153 comments

  1. Ah, me too.
    I deal a bit differently those, those sad eyes touch my soul and I spend a good deal of time trying to put little shots of joy and glimmers of hope in them, if but only briefly.

    The world is full of pain. It’s sad to see how ‘we’ve’ (humanity) been doing this life thing all wrong.

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      1. It’s good to step away from technology sometimes … since I work from home, I am tied to my computer all day, then into the night with blogging, but I don’t own a smartphone and its 9 years since I sat and watched TV. It’s nice to meet a kindred soul.

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  2. River Dixon, that is a powerful poem and in few words you make me feel this woman’s
    fatigue and despair. I do so understand how you feel the burden can get too much, especially if we feel the helplessness of being unable to help.

    Withdrawing in peace seems the way to regroup ones balance.

    Miriam

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