Failure

Failure


Failure
A poem by Isabella Tobin


When it looks like I have failed,
God, are you trying to tell me something?

For failure does not mean that I am a failure;
It does mean that I haven’t succeeded.

Failure does not mean I haven’t accomplished nothing;
It does mean that I have learned something.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.

Failure does not mean I’ve been disgraced;
It does mean I dared to try.

Failure does not mean I don’t have it;
It does mean I have to do something in a different way.

Failure does not mean I am inferior;
It does mean I am not perfect.

Failure does not mean I’ve wasted my life;
It does mean I have an excuse to start over.

Failure does not mean I should give up;
It does mean I should try harder.

Failure does not mean I’ll never make it;
It does mean I need more practice.

Failure does not mean You have abandoned me;
It may mean You must have a better idea.

Amen.

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