Shrug

9 Sep

Shrug

One act that you’ll never see
A warrior commit
Is shrugging, the symbol of those
Who want to say “I quit”

The shrug is often coupled by
A half-hearted fake smirk
“Whatever” is the battle-cry
Of those who can’t stand work

“Meh” is something else they say
To show they are aloof
Maybe even roll their eyes
As more symbolic proof

That they just don’t give a damn
“Whatever,” shrug it off
“Doesn’t matter anyway”
Is what they often scoff

But warriors know better ‘cause
It matters every day
Every single little thing
In every single way

The only time a warrior
Shrugs is when it’s with weights
Sets of ten or twelve of heavy
Cold cast iron plates

A warrior does not half-smirk
They bear their teeth and beam
Next to “meh” and “whatever”
Their phrases are extreme

“Never!” is a common one
And “I can!” is as well
“Just do it!” is a classic
That still makes effort swell

A warrior does not roll eyes
They focus straight ahead
They do not quit the task at hand
They “just do it” instead

They never will apologize
For being so intense
Because the other option is
For them just too damn dense

Shrugging, quitting, saying “meh”
And not giving a crap
Barely having enough will
To muster a golf clap

Telling all “there’s nothing that
I can do” with their shoulders
While the warriors dig deep
And by themselves, move boulders

Maybe next time that a shrugger
Wants to “meh” and sigh
Instead, they should try baring teeth
And fire in their eye

Stoke the flame of their spirit
And let intensity
Overcome that task and leave it
Drifting as debris

Or just shrug and then say “Whatever”
Then sit down and veg
And roll their eyes at warriors
And their “just do it” pledge

                                   Miro

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