POEM: shoulder stand


shoulder stand
(a Father’s Day poem)

on which we carry
the weight of the world
one son calls but the other
won’t come to the phone
who can blame him
what keeps my shoulders
from collapsing under the strain
is that life is long & love is powerful
someday I trust he’ll understand
the truth of life & love & loss
how even during these years
he was always my son

16 June 2013
Auburn AL

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I’m writing a poem a day in 2013. During June, each day’s poem will be inspired by a photo of writer Arielle Brousse doing yoga. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. Arielle writes the Unforgettable Detritus blog and curates The Sensible Nonsense Project, a collection of writing about people’s favorite childhood books. Thank you to Arielle for allowing me to use the photos, and for all the entertaining and inspiring writing she’s done over the years.

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