Giving Up

Ash to ash,
Double-tap to the
Head and heart?

Today it starts
And ends and begins again–the quest
To set aside something meaningful
Without much meaning:
To give up without giving up
Anything…

What’s it mean?

The certain thing is
Nothing is. But how to see
Past certainty
Through doubt to faith in nothing
But everything?

Pass your thumb across my brow;
Leave a mark–make it dark
and evident–
Let the sign be all there is to see
Of me: a testament to all who care that I
Have given up.