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Only A Mistake

What quantifies a mistake 
Is it an oops? 
Because the surely 
Oops the knife slipped would then be 
A mistake and not a suicide. 

Is it simply a feeling if guilt? 
The feeling after breaking someone's heart into pieces 
For the use of your own selfish gain 
Does that make it nothing more than 
A timeless mistake that is 
As easily forgotten as embellished. 

We are told to learn from our mistakes. 
But when we do not know
This seemingly forgivable enemy 
How do we know where to draw battle lines. 

Surely a mistake is simply a social faux pas
I hear you cry 
Or a colour outside the lines 
Of a preschoolers happy home. 
But what if that social faux pas 
Displays an inner pain and hurt. 
Is that a mistake to forget and forgive. 
And the squiggle outside the lines,
The mistake caused my a shaking hand of a child 
Who has seen more at home
Than they would understand in a lifetime. 
A happy home destroyed? 
Is that really a mistake? 

So next time you tell someone, 
Forgive me it was a mistake. 
Remind them that it was not murder 
Or torture or a crime 
But merely to you slowly stripping away 
Their sense of being and hope 
All in the name of one foolish error. 
Quite simply 
A mistake



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