These poems are failures


Failure to be erudite,

failure to be clear,

to be sane,

to be worth it.

Failure to be sublime,

to say the right thing,

to do the right thing, to


We live with our failures

and die with them complete.

The great ones count their failures as stepping stones

or so they say.

These poems are failures

stepping carefully on the


falling in the

water and floating downstream

like leaves.


david michael jackson  May 16, 2012   [email protected]