It’s not when the shadows fall
Or when the crowds gather
When my dad said no
When she said no
When the publishers say no
When my prayers say no
When my check says no
When my neighbors say no
When the bloody streets, officers say no
When life seems to hate
Even the most primitive inkling of an idea of you
That’s not when I finally let the negatives in
The rain makes a hardier man
The hunger makes a quicker man
The storm makes a resourceful man
The loneliness makes a more loving man
It’s when everyone’s shouting my name
And telling me I’ve done a good job
When they’re clapping and lauding
It’s more yay than nay
Snapping than retorting
It’s when I’ve made it
That I realize I haven’t

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