Rise, Tall

Never ask for anything
Yet you give them all
Give them nearly everything
And then they let you fall.

Play the clown
To play it down
When your backs
Against the wall.

Standing firm
While your heart burns
Hoping they learn
They learn, fuck all.

Do not despise
Unlearned eyes
As you rise
To walk more tall.

For if you look within
When you lose you win
And no time
Is ever lost all.

© Daniel Breslin