defectors of defeat

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
–A Farewell to Arms (1929)

i not ever one to stay settled
not in a chair nor a desk or a flipped car in the middle of the highway

i not ever one to cry fold up or whimper after the first punch slap or ranting curse

gables decisions transfers petitions bus stops late nights running away to dark alleys

broken arms scraped face bloody nose bruised halo twisted wing midnight summer clouds intrigued

books parks veterans of various fights  teachers preachers women brothers fractured holy lives

war with peace along the edge we’re marched too soon where time has earned the essence of our hands yet not the moxie of the spirit

15 thoughts on “defectors of defeat

  1. I can see this person moving through the city streets. Lots of examples that could easily vanquish a less spirited person. Great expansion of the quote. Thank you for participating and hope to see you at dVerse again.

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  2. MB, I swear no one writes like you. It’s amazing. You have such a unique and strong voice in your work, it especially flows through here and it’s powerful! I also get the vibe of not backing down when the odds are against you. Enduring the storm at its worst and surviving. ❤ ❤ I really loved the descriptions in these two lines, they're captivating and haunting to me:

    "gables decisions transfers petitions bus stops late nights running away to dark alleys

    broken arms scraped face bloody nose bruised halo twisted wing midnight summer clouds intrigued"

    It's a dark scenery, marred with reality and different types of war. I get the sense of never backing down, and like the title says, abandoning defeat. Such immersing, beautiful writing here. It's so good to see you at dVerse my friend. ❤

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