You must reject acclaim
it doubles as a masked criticism

and what is criticism?

It’s foreign thoughts filtering through you
masked in cold transparency.

They soak in your coarse grounds
absorbing the round flavor
and dulling the stark acidity

until

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

an opinion
cloaked in your ideas
reflecting your work

But take a sip
and you’ll still taste
yourself

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