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Retrospectacled

Later
the right word comes,
later the right perspective.
But at the time, the mind reaches out
like a foot in the dark
for a step that is not there.

So I look back
whenever I get a chance,
and redream different parts of the dance,
and place my foot here
rather than there,
and say the right word,
and move through the patterns with grace.
A knowing smile on my face.

No stumbling,
no stupefied look overtop of a stammer,
no hammer on thumb instead of the nail.
All nails driven straight and true;
the structure solid, sound—
I hang my life around
this frame,
working backwards from now.

Tomfoolery33 9 June 22
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Insightful.

tioteo Level 8 June 22, 2018

Thank you.

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That's smoooooth...

Torgo Level 4 June 22, 2018

Thank you.

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This is the process of learning we all must go through. Make mistakes improve for the next dance or experience. This is life's lessons. Well done

azzow2 Level 9 June 22, 2018

Thank you. And yes, mistakes are how we learn.

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Oh, if only we could ....

rcandlish Level 7 June 22, 2018

It would be nice sometimes!

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I love the dance imagery,

pixiedust Level 8 June 22, 2018

Thank you.

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