Of Shepherds and Perfectionists

When faced with a sense
That people like you
In places like this
Have great odds against them
How do you respond?
Some have ascended to the heights
In search of perfection
Hoping to rise above the fray
By sheer perfection
Or its nearest relative.
Others have looked at their counterparts
And those that will come after them
Promising to always have another’s back
Pointing out the pitfalls
Lighting the path
So that no one else
Would ever have to walk in dark they
Once did.
In the face of tough odds,
Some of us became
Perfectionists
Finding redemption in excellence
And others of us became
Shepherds
Determined to take care of
Our own.

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