Poem: Lightening the Load

Advice where, perhaps none is needed, but this may help anyway.

Lightening the Load

He’s learned not to expect
    all that much these days
    and it doesn’t do a thing
    to kill desire,
    but cuts way back
    on disappointment
Overly protective you say,
    and flies in the face
    of all that stuff he told you
    about possibility
But he’s not so sure that
    that’s the case,
    maybe there’s a
    where the country’s
    not so steep and bumpy

It’s a matter of balance,
    which is what everyone says
    when things
    aren’t working out
But they work surprisingly well
    as a matter of fact,
    since he lightened the load
    of expectation
Let this pack-horse that is him
    slow down and breathe a bit,
    loosened the cinch
    and gave him time to graze
Seems he’s willing to go further,
    even break to a trot
    and gave up kicking,
now no longer bites

So the lesson, if there is one
    is to travel light
    and dump off all those
    heavy expectations
They’re nothing more than rocks
    he’s found and there’s
    precious little nourishment
    or warmth in rocks
His curiosity’s a better carrot anyway,
    no longer driven,
    it follows sights and smells instead,
    sometimes listens
Strange that for all these years
    he never knew freedom
    from hauling all that
    overloading stuff around
Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
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