We live in the shadow

Of a metaphor,


Clashing with a synonym

Or two or three


Spelled differently,



Struggles are engagements

Movements are crusades


Oh, no!


I blamed the years

and terminal disease,


Because I can

So they will only face me

In commiseration,


Like hard truths and

Bitters pills




© Ben Ditmars 2016

Image Source: Flickr

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