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Struggling to escape
climbing from these fiery pits
straining every muscle
and yet falling deeper

Every time ground is gained
more is lost at a painful price
playing a deadly game
and losing to an amateur

A moth endeavoring
to escape its own cocoon
with a little help its off steadily up
then immediately falling down, dead

Dreams haunted with cries
for help to end their misery
each one bringing on a sadness
never giving up and always striving

Finishing last with
the ability to finish first
always competing
everyday a constant battle

Anxiety eating away
stress beating down
outdone at every turn
deprived of all pleasure

Longing not for a
new better beginning
rather for a quick
end to this despair

Jason Reid

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