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failure – poem

November 10, 2012

Is it worth it, even if we fail?

if never man had thought and dreamed
of clear night skies which heavenly seemed
for those who failed, left slash and cairn
where one has gone more may fare

when only ends the means confirm
the human soul has ceased to yearn
till then may bold adventurers aspire
to ever lift his brethren higher

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40 Comments
  1. I enjoyed this very much.
    Perhaps if we focused more on the process rather than the result, it would all seem more worth it….success would be a bonus. Just a thought.

  2. doveinthedungeon permalink

    Always try …. but never lose touch with your conscience or humanity.
    Ever dreaming ….!

  3. “Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all”

  4. Indeed; I’d rather fail than wonder, “what if?”.

  5. Glenn Buttkus permalink

    Thanks for the stop at my site. I wrote a long reply to your inquiries, if you want to check back.

  6. I think it is still worth it even if we fail – a very lovely inspiring piece….

    • Thanks Abhra – glad you stopped by ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I am not getting any time to write in last couple of weeks – life is busy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope things are good with you.

  7. Oh the sitters and the rovers play their roles..
    to adventure.. to go.. in Star Trek way no
    human goes.. is to feel the Universe
    still expanding.. outward.. as.. i’s..:)

  8. There’s a lesson for failures, not regrets though ~

  9. Glenn Buttkus permalink

    We need to stay in touch with our own madness at times, & use failure as part of our reason for being here in lesson, to take something from it, to learn, to grow, to continue to reach beyond our grasp, our status, our means, even our supposed potential.

    • to fear failure is a terrible thing… I’ve just been reading about Lance Armstrong – who gave up his dignity, and some would say his humanity to win at all costs

  10. Learning is the most important. Without failure one does not learn. And without learning, can one ever succeed?

    • time is failures friend and enemy – to fail in youth forges us, to fail in age crushes us for we’ve little time to recover.

      But to not try – is much much worse

  11. The experience is what counts most to me—even if I win or lose, succeed or fail. Not all can have the courage to even at least try to do or accomplish a thing, but when they do it’s rather more rewarding & there alone you already won for conquering the fear, for being brave enough. Winning & taking home the prize is just a bonus for the efforts well exerted. Thanks for the poem!

    • Thanks Kelvin – when I used to play rugby we used to say “Treat victory and defeat as impostors and indeed be greater than they” – not sure if it’s Kipling, but it’s some English fellow ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. That final line blessed me so much tonight, Bill–thanks, and God bless you.

  13. You have executed this style skilfully. An excellent poem.

  14. An inspiring verse!

  15. Maybe fear itself is worse than failure… Better bold than broken I think.

  16. I;ve heard people say that other the word alone, regret is one of the most frightening of words. I’d rather have tried and failed than to have sat in my rocker wondering what if….excellent poem.

    • that’s very Japanese, where the hero often fails but his effort is glorious

      • What can I say….the same can be said of the onnabugeisha, the female Samurai. I tend at times to be, to my husband’s mind, a bit reckless.

  17. The aspect of failure can be demeaning.. but nonetheless, it helps us strive for the ladder of success. Sooner or later.. we shall make it through. Beautifully executed ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

  18. Yes, I think it is.

  19. I think I prefer to fail than to wonder and regret.

  20. I do think it is worth it even if we fail. Without aspirations there can be no success.

  21. To boldly go — I sense a little star trek in there.
    We should dream – for only by reaching for our dreams
    will we ever achieve anything.

    That said, I think we need to ask why as well.

  22. TheOthers1 permalink

    I guess it depends on what we learned at the end of it all. Something useful I hope.

  23. We Builders

    dreams and stones will break your bones
    but move me ever onward
    and that I fail on which I nail
    will move you ever harder

    Thanks, Bill.
    Nice poem that I read over several times and then moved me to write…
    i like that in a poem and a poet.

    Randy

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