relinquish

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1.

to withdraw or

retreat from:

leave

behind.

as in

the step

from paradise

to poverty,

the long

journey from

throne

to execution,

the willing

voyage into

hell.

 

  1.  

to voluntarily

cease

to keep

or claim:

to give up.

as in

the surrender

of the right

to be served,

powerful,

esteemed,

or comfortable.

as in

the letting go

of the need to be

proven

superior.

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3.

to stop holding

physically:

release.

as in

the emptying

of self, the

opening

of hands

that created

a universe

to receive

the nails.

as in

a heart bursting

open to bleed

in another’s

place.

 

4.

to give over

possession

or control of:

yield.

as in

a king

becoming a

servant,

not counting

as gain

the glory left

behind.

as in

the giving up

of one’s own place,

the laying

down of

self-will

and the conviction of

The Way Things Should Be

to follow the lead

of Another,

embracing the impossible

way that brings beauty

from ashes,

strength

from weakness,

joy

from suffering,

life

from death.

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