Withdrawing from people
Withdrawing from life
Relinquishing both
Responsibility and possibility
I’ve been holding it all
For you
for me
Rising above going beyond
But I’m exhausted now
Poignantly aware
That I’m a foreigner
In this stranger strange land
Where people choose
And self-defeat
Over devotion and discipline

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