The sadness creeps over,
a ponderous behemoth,
encompassing my lands and being.
It seeps into my streams, polluting them
with its murky ill-will,
making a mockery and a mire.
It kills off my grass and trees, turning
my greens to blight, leaving
animals once proud and determined
now abject and homeless;
It crawls over my buildings, infesting
every room and board, making
inhabitants into castaways
with the shore so near, so far.
And everything collapses under
the weight of its load, a gravity
far too serious for this light
head(ed) over heels,
a Hercules turned weakling,
bent knee and broken aspect,
an actuary who can’t reconcile his records
to account for the loss
of his greatest love.
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