The secret to giving up
is to do it when no one’s watching,
as often as you can,
when no one sees.
Make a quiet habit of quitting,
no parties, no big deal,
because it’s natural that you bow out
when you need to.
(If you stop doing things,
are you shrinking?
If you prune a bonsai
does it wither?)
You will cultivate a life
when you collect your resignations
in a heaping mound and climb it
to the moon.
And you will sit down on the ground
and breathe the air of time allowed
if you continue to persist
in giving up.