Thursday, February 29, 2024


This is not 
a request. And it's 
not a proposition. 

A duty 
is not 

or open 
to negotiation—only you 

can do 
what has got to 
get done. You must 

grab a hold 
of this man
whom you've become,

this person 
whose life you've 
tramped upon,

whose corners 
you've frayed and seams 
you've rent—

take it 
and string it up fast 
like a rug 

to that razor-
thin line in the sky 
of tough love—take it 

and beat it 
clean again.