I'm weighted down

My body refuses me movement

I lie upon this mattress

And I cannot get up

I stare up at the ceiling

I stare at the wall

I cannot muster the strength

To even lift up an arm

My mind is filled with heavy thoughts

And heavy heart with heavy mind

Stakes me to this spot

I cannot move

I cannot rise

I cannot even blink my eyes

I wish that I would suddenly

Simply find that I am free

Freedom to forget

All responsibility

And find myself abed

Whenever I please

But chains of duty

Chains of honor

Constrict around me

And paralyze me

I cannot move from this place

Immobile

I stare into space

Oh! Is that a tear

That streaks down my face

So hotly?