Carrying a Balance - Believer Magazine

Carrying a Balance

Troy Jollimore
Facebook icon Share via Facebook Twitter icon Share via Twitter

The tightrope artist
walks a fine line
between two yawning options—

to fall to his death
to his left,
or from the same height
on the right.

His middle way is no matter
of ease or comfort.
It’s obligatory.

Still, it is something of a relief
to have the world’s compass points
shrunk to two.

This one-dimensional man
knows his back from his front,
what he’s done from what he must do,

and may look like he knows
how he got where he is.
But really,
he hasn’t a clue.

More Reads
Poetry

Luck

He was coming back from a week of work in the country at the home of a real asshole and it was December or January, I don’t remember, but it was cold and on arriving in ...

Poetry

Luck (Translated by Laura Healy)

Poetry

The War Next Door

I thought I saw some victims of the last war bandaged and limping through the forest beside my house. I thought I recognized some of them, but I wasn’t sure. It was kind of ...

More