competence fills ones cup, by david jarvis 2022

there was someone in my life long ago
and now they're not
like mucus from my nose
they expelled themselves quite a lot
spattered on the ground

after i found they'd been gone for so long
i rediscovered the joy of song
though quite poorly
telling my stories
yarning to no one in particular
using my own vernacular

words i took for my own
the seeds planted
the friendships granted
the lovers lost
the hopes withered
the starry nights of despair
of depths without any care

just tell the truth dad said
be average dad said
dont stand out in the crowd
others will aim to become proud
by tearing you down or building you up
aim for competence
to fill your cup.

by david jarvis 29th may 2022, copyright all rights reserved.
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