The Price of Greatness

The price of greatness is unknown
You give your blood, yet you fall short.
A thousand times, you die
A thousand times plus one, you fight
for the chance;
One more shot to achieve it.
A voluntary move; it was never requested of you.
But even that may not be enough.
If eventually you attain it,
you’re lost on the sum total of your payment –
if at all, all you’ve given was the actual cost
or, if greatness simply came to you of its own accord.
Because the latter would mean that all you did,
you did for naught.

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