scabs and sores on his back
now but cracks and erosion
he stands like a rock
bereft of movement and motion

once he had a slight reprieve
but he is cursed with
a world on his shoulders
and a relentless quest

sometimes his mind leaves him
but he never falter
but he never falls

he is flesh no more
Medusa’s head turned him to stone
and still he is tired to the bone

(c) 2014 allen simpson

inspired by the legend of Atlas, the Titan