i accept the death
of that part of me
that thought it
was all of me,

in growing into
smallness i give
the power away to
argue how great i am

and instead find
somewhere under
cover of award
and faded accolade

the purpose for which
i worked so hard when
i had none, and was
happier for it

—Maj. Lance B. Brender

Department of the Army retirement ceremony

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March 2023