Give Up

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When you fail

Don’t be so quick

To dust yourself off

With pep talks

Meant to get you

To rise up triumphantly

And exclaim

I am not giving up!

Don’t be triumphant

Instead

Give up

Yes that’s right

Give up

Not forever

But just for now

Just for a moment, at least

Just

Give

Up

Give it all up

You will be tempted

To comfort yourself

With spiritual concepts

Meant to assure you

This is all for the best

This is all part of a grand plan

To cleanse you

Purify you

To teach you a grand lesson

To make you triumphant

Glorious

Heroic

No

Don’t do any of this

Don’t be a hero

But also do not be devoured

By shame by self hatred

This is just the same game played

Backwards

No

Just give both up

Just for a moment

Just stay low

Low to the ground

Your false self

Shattered

Breathe the grass

Taste the dew

Inhale the soil

You failed

You broke

Life broke

Kiss the brokenness

And receive

Your true self is hidden

In these spaces in between