Meaningful Lives

You might break.

You might bend.

But if you think that's

What defines you

You are sorely mistaken.

We bend and break

Over and over

To learn life's lessons

And to prove to ourselves

That we are enough.

Meaningful lives

Are not sanitized

Or clean.

They are built up

With the muck and mildew

Of a thousand

Desperate attempts

To be someone

To do something

Real.