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The Art of Mistakes

(written in 1989)

If my life
began again
where might today end?

If I'd chose
to guard my thoughts
might I have a friend?

Knowing now of yesterday
I'd less likely play
the fearful self destructing games
that leave no one to blame.

If I'd learned to honor more
the life I yearn for now
might I have a peaceful heart
when each day takes a bow?

How sad it seems that
we can't seize
a second, knowing start
when all that's left
is sadness brought
by making mistakes an art.


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