Not My Fault

No, not my fault,
It’s them, can you not see?
Demotivating naysayers
Discouraged and forever dragged me down
Circumstances were never mine
Help was scarce, guidance none
I lost, blame won.

My stars were irked,
Planets moved retrograde,
Astral bodies and earthly beings
Teamed up for my downfall, I blamed them all
All, except those behind the scenes
Sketching my destiny,
Unknown to me.

When truth, at last 
Dawned, crystal clear I saw
The true culprit lurked deep within
Doubts, thoughts conjured by my negative mind,
Bound me with strings and clipped my wings
Slyly and silently 
Plotted my fall.

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