I Whisper to the Ground

by S Francis

My son on my shoulders, I walk
Through the crowd at the carnival
I lift him wishing he could lift me
So we could ascend under Mary’s umbrella


When the winds shift from left to right
Together jump into a chalk paint dream
I will defend my family from the venom
I will defend my family from the hurt
I will defend my family from the drugs
Needed to sort through this red and blue
Mess. We will purple them together,
A much happier color for the new shoes
I walk in with my son on shoulders.

I whisper to the ground:

I, too, am afraid of everyone.

I, too, feel them swallowing my soul.

In response to The National’s “Afraid of Everyone” written by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner off their album, High Violet

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11 Responses to “I Whisper to the Ground”

  1. Read more, you forgot read more.

  2. S Francis….very vivid
    ROY G BIV
    Upon absorbing this poem
    Rainbows come to mind
    Red, orange, yellow, green
    Blue, indigo and violet
    Are friends of mine

    Ponder at the end of this rainbow
    There is a pot of gold
    Cherish these precious moments
    With your son
    Tell your grand children
    As more adventures
    Will unfold

  3. This was a great post! Loved the memory you generated with the “son on my shoulders”. Thanks for your referral of Emily from your site!! She liked “The Backside Of The Night” so I suggested she join us in trying to get a meme going! Ha!

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