Walls up
arms down
I struggle
to stay calm

like the lake
still, though ripples
break surface
bubbling trickles

I fought hard
quiet I know
but more persistent

than anyone I know
I lose all the time
But remembering
I gain all the while

like the tree
I want to grow
like Spring
melting snow

Morning sun out
and my mind clear
Goodbye is necessary
this time, goodbye my dear