Some Find Their Identity in Courage

Music: Ciacona in f minor.
By Johann Pachelbel. Sequenced by John H. McCloskey, at Kunst der Fuge.

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Some find their identity in courage,
In giving nothing up to loss or pain,
X-ing out all traces of self-pity,
Then taking on the demons once again,
Yielding only what the years must ravage.

Sing, then, of those who rise above the damage,
In valor beautiful, if rarely pretty,
Xerophytes that bloom in harsh terrain.

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