Ballast

Take the solidity you cling to,
to give your self some mass,
displace the outer ocean,
the undertow and crash,

the things you found or crafted
and stowed within your hull:
your treasures and some rubble,
cloven sharp or worn dull,

this stuff you use as ballast:
your salvations and your sins,
trying to stay upright while
the outside’s leaking in,

your names and appellations,
your badges and your crowns,
your prowess and your problems,
and all that weighs you down,

your planning for tomorrow,
the ashes of your dead,
the one who plays your heartsong,
and the voices in your head,

take all your hard-earned knowledge,
at least to some degree,
habitual opinions,
and troves of memory,

your hopes and wants and needs,
your stitches and your seams,
your doubts and fears and dreams,
your strategies and schemes

and drop them

half-buried in the ground
like so many cobble stones.
Standing on the shore
release what’s in your hold

and plant your self a path.

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