18 Nots.


18 Nots.

I’m not on your agenda
We’re not on the same page
We don’t see eye to eye
I’m not acting my age
It’s not for nothing that I say
The reason why is just because
I’m not the man I used to be
Maybe I never was.

It’s not the first time this has happened
It’s not the last by a long shot
Most the things I learned in life are not what I was taught
And all the things I’m thinking now are just not what I thought
‘Cuz it’s not where you are, it’s where you are not.

It’s not who you know it’s the ones you forgot
It’s not what you have it’s what you’ve not got
I don’t know who I am but I know who I’m not
I’m not knocking nothing if it’s all that you’ve got.

The future gets the headlines while the past is left to rot
Now you’re positive I’m negative
I get that a lot
But I’m not giving in and I’m not giving up
I’m not going quietly
I’m not some kind of chump
I guess I just won’t take yes for an answer
The reason why is just because
I’m not the man I used to be.
Maybe I never was.

Emeryville, Winter, 2017

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