antagonist inside the optimist
squares off  joy with depression
slave to your job or to your passion: take your pick

gloat in self-importance
or struggle to be of any importance
fight for your health
or defend your own bad habits
always the struggle

wash the laundry or let it pile up
love yourself or self-loathe…
fight for what you want or capitulate

the fight to survive the things that almost kill us
the fight to shake off the thought of how comforting death could be, if only you had the nerve

we’re all alone, or, no,
we’re all in this together

the fight to bolster your spirit
the fight to find your god

it will be a fight to the death.