Failure Fire

you did your best
to conform to the expected
values you worshipped 
diligent altars shelved
your impulses that meant:
pain / fail / don't do that again

but it's today now
and your yesterdays are not
in your power
neither are your tomorrow nights

and should you fail to fall asleep
you can rest
in an undoing of knowledge
that might have happened in your dreams
but melts to the applause
when you trip
and fall on your face