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

Topic(s) of this poem: Forgiveness

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.

Comments about The Look On Your Face Says It All by Elena Plotkin

  • Bri Edwards (12/11/2016 9:35:00 PM)

    yours to MyPoemList. for showcase? ? ? ?

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (12/11/2016 9:34:00 PM)

    no comments! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ? a travesty! ! ! now let me read the Poet's Notes AND beyond the first few lines of the poem!

    re the Poet's Notes: i would be eager to blame myself, see my mistakes, and fix my failings. BUT there is nothing to blame myself for, i make no mistakes, and, as you probably have guessed, i have NO failings!

    wonderful write aka composition aka poem in this case!

    favorite lines:

    ........................... hmmm? dang! ! ! they are ALL my favorite lines! :)

    PLUS, you have inspired me. look out!


    The Look On My Wife’s Face … [ Marriage mistake(s): over and over; inspired by Elena Plotkin’s “The Look On Your Face Says It All”; a bit of a fib from Bri (a bit): SHORT]

    The look on her face told me true;
    she felt ….ONLY I was wrong ….of the TWO ….
    of us.
    In her mind it was MY fault ONLY ….
    that SHE felt unloved AND lonely.

    Perhaps if I knew what to expect ….
    when I said “I do”, ….away I’d EJECT ….
    myself from her!
    But I didn’t know she’d been OFTEN depressed ….
    BEFORE she met me [as she later confessed].

    AND I didn’t know she’d insist on a BABY! !
    I HAD told her I’d NO interest in kids. No “Maybe”.
    And on top of that she wanted a HOUSE (!) ,
    saying: “If we don’t get one, you ARE a louse! ”

    I WAS saddened by the look on HER face,
    BUT I had no reason to feel ANY disgrace.
    I’d TRIED my best to please her but I’d failed.
    Now STUCK, I felt that I’d been unjustly JAILED! !

    : ( : (

    (December 11, 2016)
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, March 9, 2015

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