Hold Up the World

How do you hold up the world?
With ribbons and strings
And pretty things?
Puppet-master, do you play?
Marionettes with holes

How do you hold up the world?
With sticks and bricks
And oil slicks?
Set it all ablaze?
Blackened memories untold

How do you hold up the world?
With nails and tacks
And paraffin wax?
No beautiful aromas?
Papers unfold

How do you hold up the world?
With metal and wires
And emptying desires?
Pour it all out, now?
Flow away, soul.

How do you hold up the world?
With logic and dreams
And happy themes?
What about structure beams?
Card houses fall apart!

How do you hold up the world?
With glass and brass
And, oh, alas!
Hello, there, do you see me?
Blending in with the background.

How do you hold up the world?
With cries and lies
And railroad ties?
Oh, I’ve caught you now;
Love’s poor demise!

How do you hold up the world?
With arms and strength
And abilities feigned?
Who would know? Who?
Atlas, are you cold?

How do you hold up the world?
With veins and pain
And pouring rain?
Standing here, all alone –
Hope, how was your fall?

How do you hold up the world?
With spackle and glue
And thread, too?
My beating heart has split
Sew it together? Fool’s gold.

How do you hold up the world?
Fate, stories you have sold
Death, behold!
No bells here tolled
And now we mold…

How do you hold up the world?
You don’t – you’re cruel
I don’t – I’m the fool
Answer, now? Yes, of course!
We do, we do. We. Do.

Hold Up the World

conquerorworm

Ashburn, United States

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The little ray of hope when the world is crashing down.

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