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Sisyphus Rising

by Michelle Truman 21 days ago in inspirational / surreal poetry / social commentary
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An Acrostic about Freedom

Sisyphus Rising
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Falling fast into the claws and

Ravenous jaws of the looming,

Ever-present machine feels all but inevitable.

Each of our steps is a backslide

Down the mountain like Sisyphus. It is

Only when we come to rest in the valley

Mired in grime and covered

In scars,

Some silver with age

And others fresh and pink

Like the tender flesh below, do we realize

It could never be done. Still, we must

Entertain the hope, the dream of

Better days. For where, if not

Under crushing pressure, does

The diamond form?

In the shadow of

The mountain, just beyond the peak,

Do you see the promised land

Of which the elders speak?

Eager to fulfill the destinies we

So desperately pursue, we must admit that

No one can accomplish such a daunting

Task alone. We must work together to

Have a chance

At overcoming the impossible;

Vanquishing this evil will take

Every single Sisyphus working in

Tandem. Together we can move the mountain itself.

Only when we combine our strengths can we

Become the mighty force that

Even Zeus must gaze upon it with awe and fear.

Purple Poetry // Sisyphus Rising


Originally penned for a contest under the theme of freedom, this acrostic free verse poem explores the concept through the lens of a hopeful cynic. If you enjoyed this poem's contradictory perspective, you might enjoy Immortal Comfort or Internal Battle, which feature similarly conflicting points of view.

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About the author

Michelle Truman

I fell in love with speculative fiction and poetry many years ago, but I have precious little time to write any. I hope to share the worlds I've built and the songs of my heart with all of you here and that you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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    Creative use of language & vocab

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    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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  • Myles Pennock14 days ago


  • Emily Brandt16 days ago

    Beautiful work!

  • T17 days ago

    Hi Michelle, I loved reading this thanks for sharing, Ive never heard of sisyphus before. Im excited to learn more about him.

  • Karyn Savage19 days ago

    Wow! A brilliant free verse poem in its own right. Acrostic is next level!

  • Joseph McCall19 days ago

    Absolutely amazing

  • Heather Hubler20 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! You really used that acrostic effortlessly, and the message was powerful in its truth. Great work :)

  • Villa20 days ago

    your story is very best check my stories and tell me https://vocal.media/fiction/phoebe-ride

  • A.N.Tipton20 days ago

    Love this!

  • Gina C.21 days ago

    Impressive, deeply powerful poem! Congrats on the top story! :)

  • Congratulations on the Too story. This was so good 😊

  • Joe Nasta21 days ago

    Love it! It felt like a secret message.

  • A great set of words Michelle, think you may like Louise Distras

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