The Walker

The Walker

A Poem by Adam Crate
"

The burdens that we carry

"
The Walker

The Walker passes by

With metal on his back

A frame to hold the packages

The people want on track

They give him plans for colleges

And dates to turn out right

He lumbers on with certain steps

His eyes devoid of fight

The Walker only groans

When asked where he will go

The place the Walker's heading towards

Is a place only he knows

And he knows nothing of comfort

The people stole it all

They give their weight so willingly

To hide behind a wall

For who wants to think about the future?

All the tragedy to come

It's much easier when someone else

Makes sure the work gets done

And so the Walker stumbles on

And the people give him more

Until the day the metal breaks

Their plans crashing to the floor

The parents start to stutter

Their children start to cry

The Walker moves without a pause

His eyes upon the sky

The people come to gather

Each unwilling to accept

They twist the metal back in place

Contorting their regret

Then all together, all the men

Hold the Walker down

They place the metal on his back

Then lift him from the ground

But the Walker merely stares

At the stagnation of his feet

Never realizing before

That he could accept defeat

And so the Walker fell to rest

Never to move again

The people forced to carry

All their burdens to the end

© 2013 Adam Crate


Author's Note

Adam Crate
This poem was partially inspired by a short story I wrote years ago. I started with the first line and then let everything develop from there in a rambling-style.

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But the Walker merely stares



"At the stagnation of his feet



Never realizing before



That he could accept defeat



And so the Walker fell to rest



Never to move again



The people forced to carry




All their burdens to the end"

I know stagnation is not good and burdens we have to carry in life are necessary sometimes...A splendid poem...:)

Posted 6 Years Ago


Adam Crate

6 Years Ago

Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Sami Khalil

6 Years Ago

You are welcome...:)
A powerful, meaningful, philosophical poem. Great job!

Posted 6 Years Ago


Adam Crate

6 Years Ago

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I'm curious who the walker is, I have an idea but I think I will have to come back to this one a little later to further work it out.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Adam Crate

6 Years Ago

Poems are always open to interpretation. Out of the feedback I've gotten so far, my girlfriend's opi.. read more
Zach

6 Years Ago

Mk, so I have reread and come to a conclusion. First let me say, I am not religious in anyways, but.. read more
Adam Crate

6 Years Ago

Ah, that's an interesting take on it. I'm not religious either but it definitely fits the concepts o.. read more

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Added on October 11, 2013
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Tags: poetry, crate, adam crate, growth, journey, prose, walk, poem, philosophy, musings, plans, burden, weight, suffering, fight, surreal, surrealism, abstract

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Adam Crate
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I apply my words like an artist applies art to a canvas. I'm currently 22 years old and in the process of exploring the world, one place at a time. You can find more of my writing here: http://theg.. more..

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