success by vagabond ©


it’s not what you think
it’s much more complicated than that
it’s not the money
or the sex
or the booze
or the drugs
or the accolades
that’s all window dressing distraction
that’s all flash and pan and smoke
nothing you can hold onto
nothing worth having

the battle is bigger
and deeper than that
when you’re poor
and lonely
and hung over
and broken
and unknown
and you keep going
out of the madness consuming you
you’ll know what it means
you’ll know then
and only then
what it is
but not before

sleeping with your boots on
every night
strapping on your gun belt
every morning
reaching for the iron on your hip
every day
to show the demons
delivering your failures
what you have for them
when the disappointments
just keep coming
one after another
when you’ve taken
one too many slugs
and gotten up
one too many times
critics with no skin in the game
shaking their heads as if to say stay down

at first they’ll think
you’re crazy
but then they’ll respect your tenacity
not that it matters what they think
and when they ask you
what your secret is
you can tell them
because that’s where the horror of it is
you can tell them
always clear your throat
of blood and dirt
before you rise
from the shallow grave they dug for you
and if they don’t understand
it’s not because you weren’t clear
but because they know
your demons are their demons too
and they didn’t have the courage
or the constitution
to risk it all on giving in
to a life of failure

-vagabond ©

Note: April being poetry month i wanted to challenge myself to have a poem with an accompanying piece of art for each day of the month posted here in this space… Share what you like… both online and off…



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