I stand up for you
you who did not find the partner who supports you
and i mean your spirit, your heartbroken longing to sing out loud
in your own voice

I stand up for you
you, whose tiny glories pale as you see other glories gloried
you, who could never say “I have no regrets”
who sometimes wonders ‘is there anything BUT regret?

I stand up for you
who makes the wrong turn
who says the wrong thing
a thousand times
and false starts
thinking ‘how could I have made this same mistake again???’
am I anything BUT a mistake-maker???

I stand up for you
and clap my hands
slowly,  surely
an audience of one

I stand up
looking straight in your eyes
and I say to you

Encore!

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