Shining Failures

I dreamt about my failures last night
lined them up
like tin cans on a fence
shining in the sunlight
like a set of new pennies
there were so many of them
that my eye couldn’t
really take stock
of a beginning or ending to them
and as I watched them
still and gleaming
I thought about
my willingness to try again
the thought timid and slim
each time
so I packed away each failure
carefully placing a modicum
of success on top,
its shimmer
the last thing I see before I close the lid.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012


  1. Very powerful, Audrey. I can relate. ♥

  2. Very nice write Audrey, I just love the tin cans on a fence imagery and the last few lines or so are just perfect. Thanks

  3. Brilliant poem I love the idea of packing away your failures. I found your site through Redgages and just had to pop over to read more.

    1. Thank you so much Ann--I love that failures don't rule us, but are a part of us--


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