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I wept inwardly
Outwardly, I pretended that nothing happened.
It’s like a sword piercing my heart
They joked about it and I laughed
The type that doesn’t reach the soul

I asked myself,
Am I the problem or are they the problem?
I guess I did what is expected
Really, I did it right?
Why then am I in this situation?

To them, am unserious
As far as they know, am cool with it
I didn’t blame them “cause I made them believe that
Their scolding and disappointment wanted to out weigh me
But I realized that they fail to understand 
That what ever went wrong might not be my fault
But if it was, it was not deliberate

Later, I understood that, they are angry for me, not on me
Their disappointment, for me, not on me
For the future is mine.
This became my joy when they scold me
However, I decided that failing will not make me a failure.
‘’cause the wise does not fall twice on the same spot

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  1. Date: 3/12/2014 6:40:00 AM
    Thank y'all for your kind words and encouragement, am really sorry for not replying earlier, I was just off the grid for a while.

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 5:14:00 PM
    very nice poem..we all make mistakes but only the wise don't repeat the mistake. Just as you have said, Offor. JMA

  1. Date: 10/1/2011 3:05:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your thoughts about the subject of failing..We all fail at something in our lives..To fail is to learn and the possibly gaining insight and growth..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/15/2011 2:15:00 AM
    Very well penned.One is a failure when he stop trying.thanks for sharing

  1. Date: 6/18/2011 1:59:00 PM
    Emotional write, very well written. Jeff

  1. Date: 6/14/2011 2:16:00 AM
    there are no failures, just lessons, offor... a delight to read you today! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 6/10/2011 3:02:00 PM
    you are only a failure when you stop trying, when you give up, then you are a failure. this was a great piece you wrote. I wrote a poem once, and i said it is not to late to reach your dreams, until they cover me with dirt. so as long as one is alive they can reach those dreams.

  1. Date: 6/10/2011 2:55:00 PM
    Offor, Great reading you today! I like the way you inward came outward... fantastic you show them them peeps out there that your not ready for them deep defying words that mean simply dead... Like you said the second time means keep your head up! And life will be the best way to defeat all failing thoughts. Thanks for sharing,..p.d.