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Dogs 2017

AMBITION ACHE
(5/11/17)

on most
days
the distress
is manageable

that dull

consistent

pain
of failure

that chronic
nagging
telling us
that we've lived
most of our lives
accomplishing
nothing

at least
nothing
objectively
verifiable

but then
there are times
when those realizations
are too much
for us

when we
almost
want to
give in

to believe
some of the lies
that society
buries us
beneath

just
to grab one

to make it
our own

to display
proudly
our spiritual
disparity

to say
"look

see what
we've done

aren't we
special"

instead
we try
to toughen

knowing
that eventually
the storm
of self disapproval
will pass

that we shall
once again
appreciate
the staggering
impossibility
or our lives

despite
what the commercials
tell us

smiling
as if we
know
no better