I reject most acclaim,
it doubles as a masked criticism

and what is criticism?

It’s the person that filters through you
soaking in the grounds
absorbing the flavor
savoring the bitterness
dulling the acidity

until

they come out the other side
changed and mutated
into something else
entirely

an opinion
cloaked in your ideas
but not so much
a reflection of you
as a reflection of

them

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