to do

there were times

tramping the streets

broke again alone

I could feel ashamed over

things I did

thinking I had to do

just to survive

get by

& the whole world

did not seem on my side

worse it felt seemed

arrayed against

everything I tried

& I got on my knees

being nowhere else to go

& nothing changed for all of that

just one more

set of deaf ears

for a poor boy tryin’

but if I can say one thing

after

there are no medals

for being alone & dying

when you get up off those knees

take another look at the world

to learn from the indifference

of others the universe

that I was nothing special

there is permission

to do

as you please

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