Elena Plotkin


The Look On Your Face Says It All - Poem by Elena Plotkin

The look on your face says it all.
You believe it was I who had dropped the ball.
You think I had failed some important test,
and so you blame me for whatever comes next.

Perhaps if I had an opportunity to study or review,
I would've known better what not to say or do.
Perhaps if I had white out or an eraser in my hand,
I could've changed my answers strand by strand.

Perhaps if I had known who the proctor was of my test.
I would have tried harder to do my very best.
Or maybe if I had known I had only one shot and no more.
I would've been more focused on getting the right score.

Yep, the look on your face says it all.
You believe it was I who dropped the ball.
You think I had failed some important test,
but can you forgive yourself for whatever comes next?

(c) 2014 copyright Elena Plotkin


Poet's Notes about The Poem

It's easy to blame others, to call them out on their mistakes, and to discount them as just failures. It's much harder to blame ourselves, see our mistakes, and fix our failings. Forgiveness means acceptance, understanding, and sometimes no judgment.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, March 9, 2015


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