The Truth About … Failure

Day 24 of the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook project – The truth about. I continue on my theme, poems of, about and for Dad.

Do you really want to know the truth about

My life without you?

Like a nightmare of lacks

of chances, belief, or hope

A series of

hysterical fits,

depression and euphoria.

Wishing the world would really end

before the end of December.


The truth about this nightmare

is my age, spent time and wear-out.

The truth about me involving you

is looking for excuses.


The truth about me is

I’m a failure.

© soul mary

Author: soul mary

Writer, poet and reader

8 thoughts on “The Truth About … Failure”

  1. Sometimes I feel like a total failure, too, but if you sit back and think, you’ll realize you are just human.

  2. Failures are those who don’t try, don’t give, don’t care about another soul. You are NOT a failure. You are a creator, a giver, and a caring human being. We all see that in you, and I pray you will see it in yourself as well.

    Warm hugs to you, beautiful lady.

  3. Everyone has moments of feeling like a failure, but you need to find the joy around you – your cat, birds singing, fresh air, snowflakes, smell of ink and paper – whatever gives you a little lift! You are not a failure. Keep on writing my friend, your words are touching people around the world.

  4. My heart hurts for you. I lost my dad in 2007 after watching him struggle with cancer. I miss him every day. And so I can relate to your feelings. You are not alone.
    Though I can also relate to your feelings of failure, your poetry brings emotions and appreciation to others. That, in itself, is an accomplishment to be proud of.
    Sending you (((hugs))).

  5. I think it was the great Wayne Gretzky who said, “You’ll never score if you don’t take a shot” – I’ve just done a quick review of some of your poems Mary and you score on so many levels, in my view, you could never be a failure … this poem alone proves it. In fact, it would probably stand as is if you left the last line off – just saying. Peace.

  6. Sincere thanks to:

    Michelle – yes, I know, it’s just a passing phase. I know, but decided to say all that just to hear it myself.

    Linda – what I found out about struggling the feeling of loss after a loved one’s death is that time doesn’t help and pain only grows with it.

    Sharon – thank you so much for your kind words. Perhaps it will be better if I reconsidered the last line. I don’t like it very much, in fact.

    Thank you 🙂

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