Defeat

Ten years ago I could have stood my ground
bested a beast who weighed even twice as much.
A decade ago I still had muscles in my arms and legs.

Twenty years ago I would have been able to teach him
to walk by my side without a leash. Two decades ago,
I still was blessed with patience.

But time has defeated me and if I am to have any life at all,
I must give him up. What is the most wrenching
is that I must betray an innocent – one who has done nothing wrong.

Loosing all my teeth could not make me feel more decrepit.

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