Forfeit

Shell, shocked & broken
vulnerabilities outspoken
I’ll not be a party to your afterthoughts
punished myself long enough
for your wrongdoings
Have shouldered all the burdens
to come my way
depression beyond the limits
of fair play
I’ve been chasing a ghost
of a chance
to no good end

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Keeping Score

Is there nothing I can say?
Have done just about all I can do
and still I’m at a loss
Can’t we simply say hello
over a handshake & a smile
reminiscing hits & misses
studying subtleties of scenes
wasted on misadventures
of days we must remember
Now in retreat I disavow
all that of this I speak