Monday Poetry Train-Monolith



by Rinda Elliott

She stands in the midst of chaos,
Tall and proud,
Shoulders braced to absorb
The constant flow of appeals.
A mediator.
Deputed peacemaker.
A monolith.

Anchored in obligation,
Her strength of will,
Forged in the staggering weight
Of family burden,
Bears the shape of a star,
Pinned to her breast by selfish hands
But worn with unflinching dignity.

Yet in her soul, there must reside
A cry for days.
Days like lustrous rivers
Of time, uncut, unpolished.
Hours not lived in locular,
But in fluid streams of
Endless possibility

The Monday Poetry Train is the brainchild of Rhian, Mondays are for sharing your poetic side!  Visit her site and take a ride!


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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18 Responses to Monday Poetry Train-Monolith

  1. What an impressive brain-child. Very nice.

  2. relliott4 says:

    Oops, I made this sound like the poem is hers. Nope, it’s mine. Will fix. The Monday Poetry Train is hers.

  3. Christine says:

    I loved the line “anchored in obligation” – it rings so true for many circumstances in my life.

    I am participating in Monday Poetry Train for the first time this week.

    I discovered your site through hers.

  4. rhian says:

    Dang Rinda! Gave me goosebumps! Loved:
    “Anchored in obligation,
    Her strength of will,
    Forged in the staggering weight
    Of family burden”

    The words themselves weigh heavy, the bleakness of being an anchor, a monolith conveyed brilliantly.

  5. Very nice, Rinda. I feel “anchored in obligation”, too. (And just in time for Mother’s Day. Perfect timing.) 😉

  6. relliott4 says:

    Yay, no one is questioning my “off” use of locular. heh heh Poetic licence and all that.

    But someone did email and ask what it means– in this sense it refers to a life lived in compartments.

    This was not written about my kids, btw. I don’t consider their need of me selfish. 🙂

    Thanks for all the compliments!

  7. It’s a lovely poem, Rinda! 🙂

  8. What better place to exercise poetic license than in a poem? 😀 Excellent piece, Rinda — you make me feel my strength.

  9. Rashenbo says:

    That’s a beautiful piece. I could just see this statue of a person on a cliff over looking an ocean of endless waves (not really what you painted, but that is where my mind took me). I think several of us feel that “anchored in obligation”… and several times I want to turn to someone and say, “what are you trying to be a moron or does it just come naturally” – but I know that I can’t say it, so I take a deep breath and try to keep the peace.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great one! The same lines/stanza that struck everyone else rang true for me, too. But that last one… yep. I can relate.

  11. stak says:

    i dug it the most…………

  12. Laura says:

    Of time, uncut, unpolished.
    Hours not lived in locular

    *snap*snap* Nice wordplay, there.

  13. rhian says:

    heh – i like the “snap / snap”

  14. relliott4 says:

    Oh, this is so nice. What a nice way to end my day. Was up all last night with the violent storms, bought groceries early to spend the day cooking for my sister, got home and found the power out. It didn’t come on until 4:30, so I’ve been cooking a week’s worth of vegetarian meals for my sis who just had a baby. Exhausted doesn’t explain it.

    I’ll be with my sister helping with the baby, so I might not catch up to all the poetry right away.

    Thanks again, you all–made the day great. 🙂

  15. Sarah says:

    Knowing the background for this poem I have an advantage. That said, even if I didn’t, the Monolith expresses the situation beautifully. Good job. And congrats on the new baby!!!

    Love ya!!

  16. Bellezza says:

    I wish I had something as profound to say as
    I feel inside. This poem really touches me; I normally don’t like them, but I feel like I can understand this one. I think it shows the invincible side of us who won’t be daunted, even when we feel daunted.

  17. CJ says:

    Extremely emotive. Nice job — as always.

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