Fracaso (a poem by Chris Kirkpatrick)

1
 
The hands of insecurity
Press their weary fingers
 
On me saying, “Only
If you’d done more
 
You’d have made it—
If only you’d have pushed
 
You would succeed."
 
2
 
I am out of tune,
And once again I feel
 
The tug like the guitar
String of my heart turned
 
Far too tight almost
To breaking.  But there’s
 
Nothing to be done
But keep on playing—
 
Minus a string or two.   


Chris Kirkpatrick is the author of two books of poetry, Learning to See from the Blind and Mixed Metaphors and is currently working on his third.

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