I’ve given up on a career;
I’ll have to grin and bear it here.
I’ve given up on business plans;
I’m just one of the also-rans.
I’ve given up on wealth and fame;
I didn’t try, so I’m to blame.
I’ll never be a major star;
I could have been, but there you are.
I’ll never own a property
With lots of rooms, beside the sea.
I’ll never learn to ride a horse;
I’ll never fly a plane, of course.
I’ll never have a baby now;
I didn’t want one anyhow.
I’ll never make another friend;
There’s just yours truly in the end.
I don’t believe he’ll ever change;
I guess it isn’t all that strange.
I don’t believe I’ll change myself;
Failure has arrived by stealth.
But don’t worry…
On the turgid, overflowing cup
Of life itself – I’ll not give up.