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When everything you have worked and strived for all your life collapses, it hurts like hell; it can be the best thing that ever happens to you.

A Fable

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse30 Nov 2013

Burdened eternally with living
In a myth,
He pulls behind his thin
And bent body

A huge rounded boulder, attached
With a chain
To his vein-strained muscle
And taut sinew.

Up mountains as steep and
Mystical as Olympus
The load is dragged, step
By tortured step:

Bleeding toes slip and scrape into
Pitiless stone paths
Until the brief summit plateau
Brings fleeting relief.

Now, with the downward slope
The rock becomes
A projectile, stunning, flattening and
Pulling him down,

Weak, battered and at last unconscious,
A broken man.
He wakes at the bottom and blinks,
Astonished by sunshine.