Sisyphus

 

Sisyphus

She envelops the chair across

the desk from me, glancing

up with eyes a little wide

and a wrinkled, hopeful brow.

 

She’s sat in places like this

a hundred times. The pattern,

like a millstone, has worn

a groove in her life;

she no longer sees an escape.

 

Her fight against foraging

in aisles laden with chips

and freezers of custard

regenerates unchanged

as Cosmo mocks her

through the checkout.

 

Still, under the scornful weight

of her near defeated will,

from far behind every

short, gasping breath,

She pushes on in hope.

 

She begs for freedom’s taste,

to walk swift, with grace,

down any street, path, or aisle,

to turn her head and maybe–

see an admiring face.

 

I proffer my open hand,

choosing to be caught

in her endless task

that’s likely too large

for either of us to push aside.

It is my curse to try.

2 thoughts on “Sisyphus”

  1. Lean and fierce, I found this piece. My 1st read. Though I’ve read this a few times, already my favorite passage,
    “She begs for freedom’s taste,

    to walk swift, with grace,

    down any street, path, or aisle,

    to turn her head and maybe–

    see an admiring face.”

    – I was drawn in by the artwork, glad I stopped by! Love it!

    1. Sorry it took me so long to see your comment. Thank you so much for reading and taking a moment to respond. I greatly appreciate it. I have other work on Medium.com if you’re interested. Cheers!

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