Of Grit and Grime

we desecrate
and destroy
the heroes of old
and wonder why no one new
is rising to take their place.
we have turned our back
on the virtues that had thrust us
into our modern age
but can you blame them?
who among us could shoulder
the moral responsibility
of future-building?
no,
it has become far simpler
to retweet a catchy hashtag
than to actually do the thing
you are showing “solidarity” for.
anything else would require effort
and i believe we have long since forgotten
what it means
to be the man
or woman
in the arena.

~lt

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