Stiff Shoulders

Stiff Shoulders

Stiff shoulders and straight back,

you’re unwilling to accept comfort.

You think I don’t know that you’ve

done things that you’re not proud of.

 

I must seem to small to someone

with the universe on their shoulders.

Stiff shoulders and straight back,

lips pressed in a permanent line.

 

Stiff shoulders and straight back

will melt away from you tomorrow.

You’ll smile and laugh like always.

We’ll be companions again.

 

The universe is beautiful then,

when you’re acting as a tourguide.

Then it shrinks and gets inside you.

Stiff shoulders and straight back.

 

Stiff shoulders and straight back,

but I wrap my arms around you again.

I’ll ask what’s wrong, you won’t answer.

I’m not surprised by it anymore.

 

Your mouth is sealed with secrets.

Your mind is full of too many things.

Stiff shoulders and straight back.

That’s how you keep yourself going.

 

Stiff shoulders and straight back.

So tense, I can feel you’re hurting.

But I’m on the other side of the door

and your universe is unreachable.

 

Still, maybe something reaches you.

Tomorrow is going to be beautiful again.

Stiff shoulders and straight back

melt back into smiles and laughter.