Broken Sonnet for a Bending Soul

by Brendan Strong

So the battle continues with the “to-do” list.

To paper and spreadsheets, adding ticks and circles

Codes for completion: “executed” or “missed”

More of the latter means payment’s less certain.


Deadlines come rolling: sisyphic boulders

Down hills made of Ghant charts and coloured-in squares

A hero entrenched by project folders

“Home by Christmas – (if we ever get there)!”


Then driving then stopped for ninety minutes

Playing with traffic: crazy lanes in the rain

Even the radio is in low spirits

About nothing working for which no one’s to blame


The children have been waiting patiently with their toys

Tired, but there’s time: After all, it’s all for this precious joy.