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One strike of the cane
For wanting love

Two strikes
For not being good enough

Three strikes of the cane
For saying you give up

Four strikes of the cane
For wanting more

Five strikes
For pointing out
The promise is gone

Six strikes of the cane
For wanting it to stop

Seven strikes
For each year
Of abandoned prayers

Eight final strikes of the cane
For when you surrender to the pain

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digital art by Bojan Kevtic on Deviantart