I am one of the final yet not totally.
I am not the first yet nor am I the last.
I am compound yet a cage ultimately.
I am not middling yet nor do I languish.
I am toward the end yet I am not quite.
I am not the worst yet essentially I am.
I am almost there yet just a little more.
I am not second yet inversion will place.
I am too last yet practically at the end.
I am not ultimate failure yet one other.
I am half penny yet not an ultimatum.
WHAT AM I?
Last edition’s Fustigator: Apathetic