requirement enough

it is bare
stone-faced duty
that stays a man

put on like a yoke
as wearying as the strain
of pulling

as worn as the furrow
of a circle
trodden over and over

it is a bare faced stone
that has no forgiveness
and cannot yield

it is enough to stay a man
to death

© Frank Prem, 2009

4 thoughts on “requirement enough

  1. Indeed. You bring me back to the world of the Wild West pioneers, and how they had to keep their faces to the grind just to make it out in the wilderness. But I guess it is just as relevant today; having just to keep afloat in this very difficult world economy!

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