Never Always Only Upward

taking a break today

from fantasy thinking

and addiction to triumph eternal

as if

a flower could bloom forever


without dying to the soil

ceaseless striving cannot create

unbroken sunlit days, nor

eradicate the night, nor

win and win and win

without someone somewhere losing something

thank God, creation transpires

on the edge of a merciful sword

costless and

never always only upward