​NaPoWriMo #1/30

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 Enders 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
because listen:

We
are all wiser with hindsight
but you?

You’ve done
enough.

So bear witness to your best efforts;
they fall but thank you for trying.