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Errors in the making
If you could go back in time,
Which error would you go back to first?
Would it be to fix a dream, fix a mistake,
Or simply say ‘sorry’ to those you hurt
The most, sorry to a lover, a wife, a
Child, an animal ...
There are no limits to remorse, no limit to
The long list of mistakes and miscalculations
We humans carelessly make. A list that may
Lie suspended in the vast and unforgiving
Corridors of the mind. Seemingly irretrievable,
Seemingly lost forever, but not so I fear,
For these things have a habit of cropping up
Without warning, interrupting slumber, driving
Sleep away in a rush of unwelcome illustrations.
Painful images of past errors and calamities
We might prefer not to revisit or for that matter,
But reminded we are, and very often too.
Sorrow, shame and self-reproach are no
Strangers to the night, for the night inspires
The conscience to seek forgiveness if forgiveness
Can be sought. Thus, I ask again, if you could
Go back in time, which error would you fix first?
Might you like me be more thoughtful of others,
Paying attention to feelings driven over
Roughshod in the past. Hold a pretty face in
Your hands look deep into her eyes and say ‘sorry’
And mean it, look deep into her eyes and say ‘I
Love you’ and mean that too. I could go on, but
I’ll stop here. ‘Time heals’ so they say, but it does
Not relieve the heart of the responsibility for past
Errors, nor does it ease the pain that will not go
Away no matter how true the aim of wishful
Thinking. Errors in the making? Correct them
Now while you still can, for time will not be
© Joseph G Dawson