The flash write was a quick write activity conducted during a writing group session. Given a sheet of paper with the words “mistakes are proof that you are trying,” participants were told to simply write. The poem sums up my life’s interaction with the 8 letter word in plural form.
I have made so many, I definitely can’t recount.
Mistakes are paradoxical.
Mistakes are vicious.
Mistakes keep the Red Sea dense, seeming impossible to cross.
Mistakes have a demonic voice.
Mistakes are bitter.
However, if I look at them upside down.
If I look side ways.
If I take a panoramic view, the reciprocal appears.
The paradox is evident.
Mistakes foreshadow the effort taken reflecting what is to come:
The crystal stair climbed
The landings that I’ve turned
The splinters that pierced
The heights that frightened
The curves that confused-
(inspired by Langston Hughes)
My mistakes, your mistakes and our mistakes bred the resiliency that ushered me and ushered you to a resounding destination FULL OF HOPE.