Why is it only tooth and nail,
Never to be diminished?
No offense to the scrappers and survivors;
I sometimes fit this category of Macgyvers. 😉
Especially where advocating
And simply making it through the day
Comes into play…
But, other times, I think
‘Surrender’ should not have to be spoken
With an incredulously curled lip,
Nor should acquiescence be
Dismissed with a superior sniff.
And why should backing off be
Equated with cowardice?
As if it is ridiculous to know your limits!
But, so few really understand…
For, in this world,
It’s all gung-ho, let’s-go, on-with-the- show…
We laud putting up dukes
And brooking no excuse
Laying down arms
Or letting alone that which harms.
‘Never say die’ is
Held up high,
Waved like a righteous banner.
But, in the end,
I have to wonder just what it is
We’re all after…
A brief moment in the sun,
A title for fortunes won?
Our particular pedestal on which
Or on which to prove we are more than
Just a speck?
Oh, why can we not instead
Lift each other up
All this need to be on top?
Ah, but I fear as long as we are
Grasping, greedy humans,
It’ll never truly stop…