Sunday, August 21, 2016

Poems #38 Heart Beats in time and #39 The Next Mistake

Heart Beats in Time


How could she know
Life’s metronome
Set the pace
As she said, “I Do.” 

Expecting tradition
Receiving instead
“Blazing trails.” 

Alcohol made them invincible
Until they weren’t
Abuse tore at life’s fabric
Tatters too small to recognize,
Repair, or mend. 

As the moon rises, then
Fades into another morning,
Her heart pumps out hours,
Beating down ambition
Now knowing there is nothing
Except time to contemplate
The next mistake.
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Too young to understand that life is not static, the teenaged bride has unrealistic expectations that reality distorts at every turn. Unpredictability is not reserved for the undisciplined or uneducated. Nor is misfortune reserved for only those who abuse others or themselves.
As the days pass, and change becomes reality, the urge is strong to blame one's self for bad decisions or unpredictable results. Then, while existing in a vacuum of inevitability, emptiness weighs heavy with the false guilt of wrong turns.
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The Next Mistake

Why must every
wrong action
be labeled a mistake
When lessons are learned 
Experiments lead to
calculated alterations
with eyes on another
Much-improved mouse trap 
Fear furrows ruts of stalemate
while confidence applied
conquers frontiers
Rewarding those who dare.
Everyone knows a story about someone who failed enough times to become a success. The more times a person fails, the closer they come to that moment of "eureka". No one is born with honed skills or talents.  Only training or education applied will lead to accomplishment.
Hearing someone say "You could never do that" reveals more about the speaker than the person receiving the negative advice. The best "revenge" for such guidance is to prove the person wrong. Receive the training or education required to accomplish your goal, and then apply the knowledge toward reaching that goal.
Learn from mistakes. (One definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results.) When something doesn't work, change the experiment. We've learned that from Thomas Edison who "succeeded" 1000 times to prove something didn't work so he could then succeed in discovering what did work.
Let there be light!
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