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 334. Failing & Falling
(thanks to Lisa S. for the starter line)

I've fallen and
I will get up...
Because I remember
That was how
I learned
To walk.

There is that
Push or pull
There is that
Desire or longing
To go forward
Deeply encoded
In some
Protein sequence
Some call
Our soul…
To get up
Again and
Move.

Try and
Try again…
Because we
See everyone
Else walking
And running
Skipping and
Jumping…
And it all seems
So exciting
That trial
And error
Just seems
Par for the course.

Of course
When you
Are barely
One year old
You don't really
Care what
Anyone else
Thinks of your
Progress
Or the rate
Of it…
It is simply
Something you do
In your own
Dang time
And pace…
And the world
Is delighted
When it happens.

As grown-ups
We forget
Falling is
Still going forward.

The failing is
Not in the falling.

The only true
Failure you
Can't learn
Or come back from
Is killing
Yourself.

If you are still here
You haven't
Failed.

Stay with me.
Learn from
Falling down,
Just don't
Stay there.

You can fall
With humility
Or indignation
But you can
Get up
With determination.


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