Bitterness

I’m happy in my bitterness

that’s the truth of it

this bitterness is proof I’ve lived

it’s a consequence of being alive

one way or another

I managed to go through this life

with wide eyes, open to experience

I was sweet and naïve, and the world made me bitter

but there is nothing so sweet

as a healthy dose of bitterness

to deter the company of shallow-end-toe-dippers

when you’re busy diving into the deep stuff

I’m not in this life to paddle

I’m here to swim.

 

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