Heaviness from the future
comes rushing like a truck
the road narrows in sync with our focus
The sky sags in the middle
any minute now
Runs through the moment
leaves us aghast
the camera pans
the flowers we planted
have roots of rot
sift like dust through our hands
and we blame everything
except the one thing
that could of prevented this scam
Nothing goes to plan
the future is maleable
but the present
is still a surprise
broaden the gaze
soften the heart
let the mind spread sideways
you’ll be fine
what began as a vision
Emerges out of the haze of time
Don’t weight it down though
Or it can’t fly
*Header photo – young shearer takes a break. Taken on a trip out west to photograph the shearing near Cunnamulla.
I used to love shearing time growing up – as an isolated kid suddenly having a heap of strangers rock up was interesting.
The shearer’s are incredibly skilled, it is mesmerising to watch how the sheep sit placidly while their fleeces are clipped smoothly in waves.
The process is over in minutes – the sheep released to leap lightly, nakedly down the chute. Released of the weight of carrying around a heavy burr and dust filled fleece.
When we drop expectation and agree to live free of that burden – life feels several degrees lighter …in case you’re wondering what the hell my poetry has to do with sheep today 😁
7 thoughts on “The weight of expectation”
What’s that old saying. We plan and God laughs. Terrific photos, Kate.
Yes I’ve always kept that saying in mind when making plans actually Len. Hark for the sound of chuckles coming from above …probably some coming from below as well 😊
The example of the sheep with the poetry hit home:)
That’s why I love poetry. If I write my lessons down as a poem it seems to stick better – must be the metaphors. Thanks Smitha
Oh this is good. Expectation… such a joy thief! I love the sheep included, too! Truly mesmerizing how you described their shearing 🐑
Beautiful poem! But sadly, true! Sometimes I think God thwarts our plans just so He can show us who’s boss. But it is what it is. Thank you for posting.