How far would you go To see the light of day To cast out those Who would destroy the way? Would you lose all To gain back a few not Deciding what to keep Just to enjoy the view? What is is worth To lose all you have If only to compromise And cut yourself in half? Then when you stand And see what you have wrought Knowing that you have given Away all won by those who fought Will you be happy With what you have done knowing the price of victory Is as empty as they come? For you have forsaken All that you once had To have for just a moment Those with which you were mad. Wisdom is only gained When you have finally learned The lesson that you worked So very hard to earn. And moved forward And never again forget That there will always be a price For that which you will get. But only if you remember That lesson found so hard And kept it in your heart To never once be tarred. For time does not cause Us to forget the lesson Only disuse can do so And cause the effects to lessen. So practice that knowledge Keep it bright and shiny new So that you will not forget What has made you, you. Then your mouth won’t taste of ash And you won’t be left with nothing Having brought substance To the victory that once was wanting.