Before I have been backed against this wall
And gave up what might have turned into pride.
I gave what I could, but can't give my all.
There are some things that can't be cast aside.
I can fall silent and just let you speak
And in so doing, pass for one of you.
A noncommittal child, bright but meek
Who lets the false pass by among the true.
If only I knew when the price was paid,
When I could stand back on my own two feet
Without the shame you wish that I was weighed
Down with, ready to move on, and not beat.
The chance for some new game that I could play--
Almost enough that I concede today.