Try & Fail & Try & Try & Fail Again


Baby steps are for toddlers

and you already know how

to walk. Running sure footed

comes after a lot of breathless

attempts at the mile, doubt

of the possibility, challenge

to the absence of ability,

skill, stamina, ego.


Learn the language of living,

saying it over and endlessly

until it trips off the tongue

without seeming thought.

Get a few words wrong, love

loss, disappointments, infusions

of hatred, strong emotions

that shut down the mind. Then,

rewrite your pages carefully

correcting the mispronounciations.


Learn to spell life in big words

like ego and selfishness. Now, push

on goal. Falling short, losing

a letter or two, finding them means

being read very well ultimately.


Mix your metaphors until none

make sense. Clarity is untangled

chaotic accumulation of conflicting

emotions and information. The data

stream eventually is navigated

as if a map occurred out of rough

seas and home shores become your flag

waving over the port called you.








Author's Notes/Comments: 

It is not often that I write a performance piece,  but read very fast makes it "spoke-word" fo sho! :D slc 


View allets's Full Portfolio
tallsquirrelgirl's picture

LOVE this!

"Falling short, losing a letter or two, finding them"

Insightful and beautifully written!!

*tallsquirrelgirl* she feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS ~henry james

allets's picture

Thanks So Much


This one is for those who don't think they can. They can! - Yours in writing, Stella