To my friend who chooses to shoulder the world,
For fear others will fall without his strength-

The world is not yours to shoulder.
You are merely one among multitudes.
Your strength lies in your care,
So too will your unnecessary demise,
If care is not taken for yourself.

The world continues on regardless
Of your constant tending ways.
Motives kept hidden, yet sadly transparent,
As dawn begins breaking again
In spite of desires to hide beneath light.

The world belongs majestically
To one and all, but you feel burdened,
By the cares of those surrounding
You, who fail or simply refuse
To shoulder their own burden.

The world belongs to you again
With no burden or shame.
Stand up, the strength exists.
Push through, the weariness will fade.
Begin to take back you again.

The world’s burdens will always exist.
Your choice lies in choosing those worth
The struggle,
And care.

-Angela Quiram, 2012

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