(less)ons learned

Be less like you and be more 
like me
Shame your ambitions, and throw
All of your diamonds 
Into the sea

Be less impatient, and keep your
Face clean, 
Stay silent when spoken, and keep your
Issues 
Exactly where they should be; stay 
refrained

Be less of what they ignore, and more of what they need,
Be attainable, 
hell
Be a goddamn bore, 
But just make for damn sure you stay 
Less

Be forgotten when they are
Happy and free
and be a hemorrhagic vessel once their
Castles 
Have fallen into the 
sea

This is not a place you should expect to be
Seen, 
This is not your world to stake any
Claim, 
No one will seek you 
Inside your times of pain, so remain, 
And stay 
Just exactly the same
and
Be less


~ A. L. Stippich

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