Nicholas Pappas

The Weatherman - Poem by Nicholas Pappas

It takes strength to be a prophet.
To bring sound from your belly that mimics a God.
So simple are the minds of most, yet so proud.

This life is not enough, how could it be?
Daily pain, depression so strong you can hear it pounding,
the world shakes, knees dropping,
knuckles indented in the ground.
There must be more! More than this meat,
this imperfect form, these fragile feelings.

So we make more. We whisper in our ears,
we let our minds walk away from reality.
Two roads diverged in the woods,
and we? We choose eternity,
(as if it will make any difference) .

It takes strength to be a prophet,
to take these feelings and bend them with myth,
to lift an entire world with just two hands and one lie.

I wish I could believe him, I do.
It would be comforting to believe
he has daily conversations about the weather
with the man who controls it, comforting to feel
that interlocking my bruised knuckles before I sleep
will heal this meat.

I think too much, I guess.
When I look at the sky, I see clouds,
sometimes black. I see stars, but mostly darkness.
Look down. Reality is dirt. The indented ground,
ground you run above and use to bury the ones you love.

It should be enough.

It takes strength to be a prophet,
though I would rather listen to someone who knows
they are as weak as me.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 6, 2005

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