Which - ?

Which is better
To resist or just give in?
To fight back or to submit?
To struggle with all your strength
Or to cut your losses and surrender?
Passive resistance is not resistance;
It feels like acquiescence,
Like collaborating with the enemy,
An accessory to the crime:
Judged, guilty, condemned.

But if you do resist
Do you get credit for effort?
Is the length of the round before you were pinned
Worth extra points in your favor?
If the opponent draws blood,
Is it a mark of honor or disgrace?
A red badge of courage or a scarlet letter?
And how long does the battle last?
Is this just one of many skirmishes
Or the last battle?

Am I a perpetual hostage -
Bound, gagged and shackled?
A man in an iron mask
Or can the truth really set me free?
And do I really want to know?

"My experience has shown me that I all too often tend to deny that which lies behind, but as I still believe, that which is denied cannot be healed." Brennan Manning, "All is Grace - A Ragamuffin Memoir"