In spite of all this, what have you become?
Nay, this better to list things given up.
Perhaps reframed: Where is this new You from,
able to bear loads while filling your cup?
Yes, you are new and true, forged and seasoned,
expanding, exploring, evolving. There,
more learning to be done. Growth – well reasoned
each year, each decade brings some things renewed.
As in each harvest more chaff falls away
Pruned, excised, cut out like malignant mass.
Shining golden wheat remains; here to stay
to be transformed and digested. Alas,
step out away from past selves and be seen
for the greatest, real self lies in between.