Leaving

You know I tried;

I fought the fight.

But you wouldn’t listen,

So I took flight.


You can’t change someone—

Who doesn’t see a fault.

You can’t reform an institution—

When you’re under assault.


I banged my head

Against the wall.

They shot their arrows

To see me fall.


What can you do?

When leaders are janus-faced?

There were some good people

In that lonely place.


I cared more about the truth

Than playing the game.

I didn’t care what they thought

Or about building a name.


A load off my back

I feel so free.

I’ll head down the road—

To find who I’m supposed to be.


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