dVerse Open Night: Don’t Carry the World

This is a poem that was published in Muddy River Poetry Review back in 2017. It has a reference to a Beatles song in the title and in the verse. The Beatles have been all over the Net with the release of The Beatles: Get Back so I thought it would be fun to dust it off and share for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night. I encourage you to click over and read some of the great poetry there!

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Don't Carry the World

On hot Southern days
when the air shimmered
and birds ceased to sing,
we’d lounge beneath
the old wisteria tree where
the red clay earth was cool
and compact, our bare legs
stretched out for maximum chill
while we sipped RC Cola
infused with salty peanuts
and waited for “Hey Jude”
to come over the transistor.
Verdant feathery strands encircled
us like a bead curtain
in a hippie’s house while we imagined
we were as cool as they,
secretly watching the cows and chickens.

23 thoughts on “dVerse Open Night: Don’t Carry the World

  1. What an arch and lush moment of swooning in the shade. The summer of “Hey Jude” my family and I moved from Chicago to Florida, so the sudden sear of heat was balmed by a plunge in the pool.

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  2. A fun poem. I especially liked the ending,
    “Verdant feathery strands encircled
    us like a bead curtain
    in a hippie’s house while we imagined
    we were as cool as they,
    secretly watching the cows and chickens.”

    Liked by 1 person

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