To Be Strong

he set the holy incense on the scale,
and on the other side, his anger

which he had been kindling,
and this was his ambivalence

the sacred and profane breathing
inside him, prayers and fear

flowing out in equal measure
like water

he set the empties on the scale,
and on the other side, his tenderness

which he had been kindling,
and this was his ambivalence

his scurries from the light,
and his flaps and flights of fancy

measured out in dazed steps
like drought

/ / /

This poem was written in response to Wordle 76 at The Sunday Whirl.

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13 thoughts on “To Be Strong

  1. Makes me think that there are so many different things one could balance on the scales of life……about which we may or may not be ambivalent. Thought-provoking.

  2. You had me at this:
    “he set the holy incense on the scale,
    and on the other side, his anger

    which he had been kindling”

    And then those “dazed steps/like drought”…WONDERFUL.

  3. Oh Mr. Walker, now you’ve gone and done it. I stalled at that opening statement. Incense is no match for anger, no balance at all. Then wondered if anything could be. And my soul whispered a word and gently blew anger off the scale completely. The word? “Forgiveness.” Thank you from me and from my soul.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/

    PS Why isn’t this posted at The Sunday Whirl?

  4. How funny. I read the poem in an email and was planing on saying “You had me at
    “he set the holy incense on the scale,
    and on the other side, his anger

    which he had been kindling”
    only to find de already there. I have missed you and your poetry.

    margo

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