Posted in Life, Truth

Quit Like a Coward

Throw in the towel, give up and quit
Voices scream in my head as I stare in guilt
Take the easy way out
And save yourself a life of misery and doubts
Throw in the towel, they say and stop fighting to stay
You’re better off, everyone really is,
You’ll be free, like a feather on the open sea.

Lay gently down, and play a game,
Lay, close your eyes and pray
Then hold it firm, up to your temple
See, it is just that simple,
Just one, one in the chamber…
And right, you’ll have to pull the trigger
And as the slug is hit by the hammer,
In that moment, there, you’ve fired.
Free as an eagle you’ll soar higher
And out in to empty space, fire or just water..


But you’ll never know, a different voice spluttered,
You’ll never know which is better,
If your life really matters
And whether you’ll not just suffer,
But live to make some lady a mother,
And to some kids, be an amazing father…
‘Cause the selfish you doesn’t bother
As some fight to live a day longer,
As they fight some battle with cancer
Or make up for one wrong or the other,
To laugh once more as the family gathers
For one holiday; Christmas or Easter…

You’ll never know life and become stronger
Today than yesterday or you ever were,
Instead you’ll quit like a coward
And like a drunkard, out you’ll stagger,
And prove them wrong that thought you were smarter
And cuter than all your brothers..

Or just stay a day longer,
Taking things a littler slower,
And live a day after the other
And become, not a hero or someone super,
Just another human who has become wiser.

Joel Ogunjimi 2015©



I am an avid reader and a student of stoicism. I believe we are more powerful than we give ourselves credit, and the limits of our power are still to be discovered. I have a deep interest in the study of the brain and the mind.

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