One Would Imagine Sisyphus Is Actually Doing Something Incredibly Important

they  are  rolling        it around the lowest cave system

pushing this one     boulder                   up and up

and up           from below     u can see them       hustling for something

called eternity

 

it rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls

and rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls

and rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and

rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and

rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls

 

can see them make a difference            with every single rotation

as the boulder gains             mass     more and more and more

as they roll it          rolls and rolls and rolls

and the story gathers              steam oh

look it’s ole Sisyphus              ole getting-nothing-done

 

rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls and

rolls and rolls and rolls

and rolls and

rolls and

rolls

 

how quick the rest forget            how much  Sisyphus had already

accomplished                           how quick to underestimate

the change that              a big rock dropped from a great height

can facilitate                            once you’ve already stolen immortality

from the gods           then revolution should come easy

About the author
essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga, Te Arawa, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Takatāpui, Na Guinnich, Highgate) is a poet from Kirikiriroa. Their first book of poetry ransack (VUP) was longlisted for the Ockham Awards 2020. They are the featured writer in Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 with their work ‘HAUNT|HUNT’. They self-released a chapbook titled POLEMIC in July. Currently they are working on their second book of poems tentatively titled Echidna. They will write until they’re dead.