Atlas Shrugged


I tried to lift the whole world up,

To carry it around,

On my scrawny shoulders,

I tried to focus on the sound,

Of my own heart beating,

My breathing in and out,

I thought I knew the way along,

I didn’t have a doubt.

I knew that I was strong enough,

The way you sometimes know,

I knew that I could carry it,

Wherever I might go.

Though in the final analysis,

The thing I never thought to think,

Was that I wouldn’t want to,

And that it might be for not.

While it made me stronger,

It made others weaker too,

That’s what always happens,

When there’s no work to do.

And so, I’ve dropped this burden,

This thing so large I’ve lugged,

If they ever ask what happened,

Just tell them Atlas Shrugged.




Atlas Shrugged
December 29, 2006