Fracaso (a poem by Chris Kirkpatrick)

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."
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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