playing dead doesn’t come naturally
by nature I’m a stubborn fighter
known for a tenacious spirit
deaf to the ending bell.
giving up isn’t in my vocabulary
when I know the relative merits of hanging on
and recognize the fallacy of falsely acknowledging defeat.
I’ve always believed that I could accomplish whatever I set out to
this habit of a lifetime has served me well till now.
but when all the sign posts tell me stop:
objective and subjective, customary and recognized