Responsibility vs Love

Like Atlas, I bear
the world’s weight
call it responsibility –
a painful delusion
requiring walls

Life has its own rhythm –
light and dark,
joyous and sorrowful –
orchestration outside
of my domain

Love, however,
is limitless
in its capacity –
open-hearted acceptance
protection in itself.

Trading one focus
for another
permits appreciation –
I vow to assert love
and forgo control.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

33 thoughts on “Responsibility vs Love”

  1. OMG VJ ~ students were asking me yesterday what I meant by ‘control’ in my TEDx talk and I explained the concept of LOCUS of control (interval / external) by Dr. Julian Rotter. And this is the essence of your poem. That pull / push of suffocating responsibility vs infinite possibility — that lives within each of us. The key is deciding which wolf to feed. .. ♥️ p.s. I am always transported deeper by your poems.

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  2. As always thought provoking. I enjoyed yours and Ivor20 communication – and agree that no one warned us about the ageing process….although even with warning…we would never have understood….Like all things we have to live it to know. Thank you…Janet.

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  3. I like this…you are right the weight we all carry around is an unnecessary burden, why do we humans complicate everything?? Didn’t someone once say…..Love is all we need.

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