Act Your Age

day of sweat and dismay
at the choices of yesterday
the silence piles around me
as I survey
my own wreckage

'shoulds' are rife, burgeoning,
procreating like rabbits
but things one hopes for
can only be gained
by hard work
and toeing the line

my own selvedge is
written-on with my
secret name, my name
of pain and sorrows, my
name of grit

there is no unfacing it -
I could have done better.
all I can do
is try again

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