An Acrostic about Freedom
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
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.
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.
About the author
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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