its not the weight but how you carry it

its not the weight but how you carry it
loaded onto your back
like a pack mule
or ahead of you
wheel barrowing down the lane
no
it’s more how you think and feel
and digest
all manner of thoughts and feelings
how your tongue feels
as you voice
those longings and fears
or maybe how your lips part
when you sing
a love song
or maybe it’s just that everything we think is heavy
is just as light as a feather
it’s all in how you carry it
rising balloons tied to a string
or tied to your heart
maybe you are light hearted
and drawn to whimsy and mirth
or maybe glum and in need of a digestif
or a good hearty pat on the back
maybe you are light on your feet
dancing up a storm
or a jig or a pas de deux
balancing between sky and earth
its all a balancing act, you know
we are not merely players on a stage
but acrobats
and clowns
following the gypsy caravan
with all our worldly goods
tucked into our backpacks
or pushed along in our barrows
light hearted
or not
its all in how you carry it

18 thoughts on “its not the weight but how you carry it

  1. A palpable truth in the title and first line and a wonderful poetic examination following on. A beautifully controlled piece, humorous and wise.

  2. I look at homeless folks carrying their baggage around with them. on their backs or in a shopping cart, and I see it as metaphor for the invisible baggage we all carry around. Perhaps if we could see it, and how it weights us down–like I see that street person’s load–we might be more inclined to work toward getting rid of some of it.

  3. ha. i will be a clown following hte caravan….smiles…
    it is how we carry it…there are hard things in life…and i have seen those that still face it with joy each day despite their circumstances…not the fake happy just to hide, but real joy….

  4. I agree with you 100%. We all have a load to carry, but we can CHOOSE how we bear its weight and whether or not we allow it to weigh us down. Nice!

  5. so much to say about how we carry things… if carried in the right way, we can even handle heavier things with grace….we are not merely players on a stage
    but acrobats
    and clowns
    following the gypsy caravan…love this…

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