Has anyone ever left this life
unscathed by misfortune and mistakes?
Has anyone managed to get free
of the swirls of inner confusion?
In an unforgiving world,
friends few, indifference rife.
Regret and remorse are unhelpful,
and oblivion, just silly consolation.
Without options other than to grow
out of my clumsiness and failures
I accept the verdict of my reflection,
forgive myself and move on
with humility, patience and hope.