The load that weighs you down with care
has sabotaged your inner peace;
its mass will steadily increase.
While staggering from here to there.
your steps are slowed, your back is bowed
because it isn’t yours to bear.
Cut loose and lovingly release
the load that weighs you down with care.
2018 Mary Boren
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When a friend is sad and hurting
all my efforts seem in vain,
futile in the quest for wording
to alleviate the pain.
Seeing how your load is weighted
more than one can bear alone,
it seems only fair to trade it
for the lighter one I own.
Friend, if I could offer more to
ease your burden, don’t you know
I would gladly tote it for you,
alternating as we go?
Mary Boren, 2003