Be Ferocious In Your Self-Discipline

The toughest and the most important Fight
that you will have in this Life
is with Yourself.
Master that Bastard,
and the rest won’t just fall into place,
but you will handle all that’s thrown at you
far more efficiently.
Restrict the ‘Passenger Seat’
for actual car journeys only.
I have learnt to give my ‘Respect’
a millimetre at a time,
and begrudgingly at that…
and I expect the exact same treatment back.
Do not ‘Accept’ nor ‘Settle’ for anything
which does not ‘Fulfil’ you, completely…
let the Past be, and keep striving Forward.
Each fall and knockback
will strengthen your Soul,
battle-harden your Mind,
and teach your courageous, beating Heart
the absolute Glory of conquering Adversity!

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.