What you mustn’t lose

In case of fire

There is one thing to hang onto

It is not humour — always the first to fall.

Not courage, nor curiosity.

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When the going gets tough,

There is just one thing to hang onto

Not dope or wine or a pre­scrip­tion panacea.

Not Faith. Faith?

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In the sludge of the gutter

There is one thing to hang onto

Not the smile whose secret alchemy irra­di­ates you with endorphins

Not the music that makes you cry

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At the hour of the wolf

There is one thing to hang onto

Not dog, lover, child, confidante

Expect­ing bet­ter than best

Not warm pink mem­o­ries of love, tri­umph, suc­cess, peace, communication

Not the ten­der dreams that fight through the tar­mac of doubt and ridicule

Not the inno­cent heart that holds stead­fast beneath the cyn­i­cal carapace

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Ship­wrecked, alone, afraid

There is one thing to hang onto…….

Now, where did I put my glasses?

What was I saying?

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