Charles J. Ingerson

THE HEAVINESS

Flaming, Golden Sword – Second Division Memorial
Flaming, Golden Sword – Second Division Memorial
Near Ellipse, White House and Washington Monument
If one
is to carry
the sword,

one must
understand
how to
and when to
use it:

Knowing
the tip
can also
be a pen.

How heavy
becomes
this burden
when called
to write
or fight.

Rather
one could
renounce
in neither
this role
to live.

The ink
unable
to dry
with added
wetness
of blood.

How alone
to traverse
from place
to place
with no
resting.

Can it be
the sword
or the pen
is with
heaviness
found today?

Lamenting
a choice
to be good
we’ve to go
forward
to the storm.

Embracing
wherein
the sword
speaks
and the pen
pricks.

All in all
whispers
another’s
who drains
their life
from both.

While
the wielder
of both
stop once
to explain
and leaves.

Chances
aren’t here
where only
the warning
felt within
is cold.

As blackest
ink fades
into night
and wetness
of blood
does dry.

Then found
is common
an epithet
written
of failure
or success.

Heaviness
is held
by each
in a hand
of the pen
and sword