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May 13, 2024

A Time for Giving Up

By Dan Mulhollen

It's time
to stop believing in maybes.
Time to let go
of delusions we clutch so tightly.
Realizing the truth to the old saying
about a bird in the hand.

You are all you have ever been;
no more and no less.
If there had been
greater possibilities
they would have shown themselves
a long time ago.

But we find proofs;
evidence supporting flimsy arguments
Ignoring anything
that might disturb our fragile dreams.

You might call me a coward
for abandoning these dreams
But when all hope
crashes around you,
When you trip
and step on their rubble
You see there is a time
for cowardice.

Is discretion
the better part of anything?
or a situational justification
of giving up?
Perhaps, then this is simply
the time for giving up.

Article © Dan Mulhollen. All rights reserved.
Published on 2009-11-09
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