opportunites and errors

when we recall
reconstructions of events
and circumstances
of our learning years
there is little affection
or satisfaction
in remembering
all the traumatic errors
or squandered opportunites
that our personal existence

and yet we learn
by means of our errors
and lose opportunities
because of our lack of experience
in recognizing potential

the errors we made
can never be changed
...yet we learned...

the opportunites we missed
are gone forever
...yet we may now recognize
what eluded us before...

is a futile absurdity

selective amnesia
is well worth cultivating
as a means of espousing
a resigned optimism

suck it in
and get on with it

© nev2017