Boot: When I was younger, anger and sadness kept me alive.

Love was too impossible and made feelings too intense anyway.

When I got older that embarrassed me

… and not that I am older still I say “you smart young boot, you stayed alive. You worked to be responsible with your anger

and you lived…

There is no shame in your sadness and anger.
No shame staying alive out of spite.

You survived.
You held on
And got us here.

And I am glad.

 

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