Too Heavy a Freight

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Too Heavy a Freight

I tried to put our love
upon a scale,
but not wishing to be weighed,
it swam away, slipping on
slick fins, scales then only armor,
though too flimsy, oh mon amour,
to repel much ill.

Yet, how that brittle mail lightened
each swish-sway,
my sun, moon, hanging
in the balance.

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55 word poem of sorts for Kerry O’ Connor’s week-end prompt on Real Toads, special bonus for poems inspired by the marvelous paintings of the Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician known as Twins Seven Seven, born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki (3 May 1944 – 16 June 2011) in Ogidi, Kogi State, Nigeria.  This painting is “Golden Fishes in Dark Sea.” 

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8 Comments on “Too Heavy a Freight”


  1. I love the amour and armor pairing… you have a wonderful pond…

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful poem & fantastic Klimtian fish.
    Would love to see it made in glittering mosaics

  3. Sherry Marr Says:

    This is Marvellous! Love can be elusive.

  4. Ayala Says:

    Nice share, Karin.

  5. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    I love this fishy metaphor, delivered with your telling wit and aplomb.


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