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This Rope

Updated on October 10, 2015

The rope strains

under the weight

of pressures and stresses

and all of the demands

and obligations.

There is always much work to be done

so the rope needs to stay

making me hold on with all of my strength.

It bends

and starts to fray

begins to unravel

despite all my best efforts.

It becomes ever so thin

this rope as my lifeline

the strands starting to fall

and slowly slip away.

Yet I continue to hold on.

It pulls and tears

gets heavier with time

burns my skin

taking pieces of flesh

with every tug.

Yet I continue to hold on.

There’s a weight at the end

not so heavy at first

it seems far too light

but it holds up the other end

soothing my nerves

and keeps me from releasing.

The strength of that pull

from the other end

is enough to keep me steady.

I know you won’t let me fail

and will catch me if I fall.

I do the same

holding onto to my end tight

even when I get weary

and feel like it’s the end.

Holding onto this rope,

I am willing to reweave any breaks

never letting you go.

© 2015 truthfornow


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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I can relate to this and holding onto that rope. Neat poem!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the old saying goes, it takes two to work together, and this is an excellent reminder.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a moving poem, truthfornow. I love the imagery.

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      A well penned allegorical poem....we all need someone to ease the strain on the rope from time to time:-))

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      This is very appropriate for me at the moment, looking after my brother is like a weight round the neck let alone a rope! LOL! long story, but we still hang on, nell

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Oh yes truthfornow, this is so powerful, travelling through the years, this journey has many ups and downs, good times and bad times, but still remains solid.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Truthfornow, Hold on tight and don't let go, it will tow you to a safe harbor or anchor you to keep you centered.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I too am holding on to that same rope. Great Poem.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hold onto that rope tightly truthfornow. Good poem.