Every Pebble on the Pile

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A pebble falls
Landing on your head
Nearly weightless
So you let it ride
Soon forgetting it is there

Another pebble falls
Staying fast and being felt
You carry on
Because you can handle it
Or that is what you think

Third and fourth
Fifth and sixth
The counting stops at fifty
Pebbles raining down
Each one sticking to your skin

Every step takes effort
But you never slow or stray
People tell you to be strong
Shrug it off
Others have it worse

The final pebble falls
No number given
Yet it hits the hardest of all
The weight is too much
And your body begins to fold

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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23 Responses to Every Pebble on the Pile

  1. Love it. Sounds strangely familiar, though.


  2. Yep, little troubles mount up, unless dealt with as they happen, if it’s possible 😱


  3. Your allegory hits the mark, Charles… Thanks for sharing. ♥


  4. A very powerful poem, Charles. A lot of truth here.


  5. Depression is a tough emotion to get past, especially with the stresses of the world. I try to enjoy the little things, flowers coming up in the yard, my cat curled in my lap, a good sit-com on the tv- it helps 🙂


  6. So true. Seems to be a lot more of it lately too.


  7. Bravo. Our burdens do begin to weigh on us.


  8. And so it goes. Terrific, Charles.


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