(a prayer for my ego)

forgive me
my weakness

for all i am
and all i do
is nothing
nothing at all
no me
without you

you show me the mirror
love my scars
my pain
my path
in vain

for vanity’s sake
is in my head
and in my brain

a poem
a play
a ubiquitous
pernicious tune
that never resolves
and ends
far too soon

i have no choice
no chance
no clue
as to how or why
i can only do

love is the way
love is all
i can ever say
to answer the call
when fear
and shame
demands its due

to be
the better man
requires nothing
nothing of you

but still…
forgive me

as shall i