STIMULUS: “Someday,” said Bean, “you’re going to need me the way I needed you. And I’ll be there.”
– Orson Scott Card in the novel Ender‘s Shadow (middle-ish of chapter 21)
TIME LIMIT: 1 hour
CONTEXT: What I’d say to be there for someone when they tried but didn’t succeed.
Resist the ruins and humour me;
you need not be so bitter.
Feed your frustrations to your craft.
Transform shame into your fuel.
Inhale, sharply, when it hurts
and then give grief a time limit
and forgive guilt when it comes
are all wiser with hindsight
So bear witness to your best efforts;
they fall but thank you for trying.