I Still Have A Lot To Learn, Yet I Am Happy In My Craft

They are only scratches and scuffed knees… I’ll survive.
Detours and shortcuts often times
deceptively lead to ‘The Long Way Around’
If it was not for the constant small mistakes
I would have nothing to weigh my successes against.
Misfortune runs hand in hand with Good Luck,
it’s natural, and simply the other side of Life’s Coin.
To Grow is to Learn, hard falls lead to brighter rises.
The ‘Road To Ruin’ need not be a fixed destination…
rather, a misstep in need of remedying.
Experience gives you wisdom…
untaught in books and classrooms.
Failure is merely a ‘Warning Sign’
urging you to get back across its borders.
Make no doubt, living day to day is a Craft,
honed and skilled through ‘Traps’ and ‘Disasters’
An unscarred soul never properly felt
the triumphant joy of losing first, then winning after.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.