They never tell you that to succeed you have to fail

For today’s prompt, write a what they never tell you poem.

They never tell you that to succeed you have to fail

That’s not true.
They tell you that all time.
You just don’t listen.

Nobody sets out to fail
and if you did
you wouldn’t learn.

The Hero’s Journey
is not win after win after win.
You must bleed.

Leave your faceprint
in the pavement.
Pain is the lesson.

To rise you must first fall.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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18 Responses to They never tell you that to succeed you have to fail

  1. LiziRose says:

    pain is the lesson and we don’t listen..

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  2. Bill says:

    Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. That was like Revelation for me. Namaste

    On Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 5:22 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” They never tell you that to succeed you have > to fail That’s not true.They tell you that all time.You just don’t listen. > Nobody sets out to failand if you didyou wouldn’t learn. The Hero’s > Journeyis not win after win after win.You must bleed.” >

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  4. Of course, love “leave your faceprint in the pavement.” “you must bleed” love that!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ivor20 says:

    Yes indeed Bart
    “All the mountains have been climbed
    All the climbers have had their failures
    Before they finally reached the summit”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Liz H says:

    Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better.

    Liked by 1 person

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