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I Have Made Mistakes - A Poem

Updated on October 9, 2016
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Mistakes

Some with shame.
Some with regret.

Always for their own good.
Always at my expense.

Understanding if they could.
It seldom makes sense.

Results, teaching me well.
Results, only time will tell.

I have made mistakes.

Only myself to blame.
Only myself to shame.

Owning them responsibly.
Owning them appropriately.

Never my intent.
Knowing how much they meant.

I have made mistakes.

Teaching me well.
Only time will tell.

The more I know.
The harder to believe.
Ever finding the one.
Meant for me.

Accepting my mistakes.
Knowing their lessons.

Nobody to blame.
I own my shame.

Wanting too much.
Wanting too fast.

I have made mistakes.

Believing so deeply.
In their being that one.
Believing so deeply.
Now to have none.

Lessons learned.
Bridges burned.

Results created.
Results unknown.

With great shame.
Myself to blame.

I have made mistakes.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome poem I have made mistakes.. I sure can relate to that..

      voted up across the board

      debbie

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Deborah.. Thank you very much !

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      beadreamer247 5 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Nice poem,

      everyone can relate to mistakes....we all make them and hopefully learn from them (sooner or later). Mistakes are the best lesson - that's what I believe.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thanking you too 'dreamer'... Thanking you very much !

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      awesome poem CM! i have made so many many mistakes in life..well, can't blame them, only myself. love yourpoem + and all for u!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you spy... *blushes* -n- *hugs*

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      cm great and awesome poem. Good thing Jesus has taken our shame on the cross at calvary. He will not leave nor forsake us. He does not condemn us but forgives us if we beleive in Him, amen. I really loved your writing. Thanks for the share.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you skye ! I can not help but to respect what the Hindu Gods, Buddha, and the Muslims Mohammad, Abraham, and Allah had provided for their people as well. Seeing that combined they represent 3/4ths of the worlds population. Which I believe is something that should matter, certainly be considered in the big picture of this world we love to live within.

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      Website Examiner 5 years ago

      This is very nice work, indeed. Makes the reader want to help you, somehow. How about: When one door is closed, a new one will open...

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Examiner. Your considerate recognition is greatly appreciated ! It is not help that is sought. For new doors have opened. Yet the old doors still block the entrance. To forget is to wrongfully dilute the meaning. We can never forget on our own. We can only hope that one comes along to make us a new home. One where we can learn to better manage our regrets and baggage. Heck, why do my replies have to come out poetic too.. lol.. taking notes of my own notes for future notes... *smiles* Again, thank you Examiner !

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and useful. We all can relate to this my friend. You hit this one on the head, deep poetry on many levels. As long as we are able to learn, that is all that matters. We can't travel back, so it is what it is. Well said CriticalMessage.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I appreciate your encouraging recognition lyricwriter.. No, we can not go back.. But what is behind us will always influence what is in front of us.. No matter how hard we try to resist it, or deny it.. Our history will always influence our today, and our tomorrows.. It is our responsibility in not allowing our history to ruin our futures.. No matter who is to blame. No matter how much shame.. It is ours to take ownership in managing as best as we possibly can. Again, thank you lyricwriter.. *smiles*

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      And we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes it's a good thing! We must all remember that in our quests that may take us far and wide, we most often find the best and simplest solutions if we just lower our glances to behold our mere surroundings. Voted up and interesting...

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Awesome! (applause, applause!)

      The older I get, the easier it is to accept my mistakes, and even to admit to them.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Retaining humility and resisting acceptance due to the fear of shame can certainly prevent one from progressing in a positive direction in life.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The things we do to avoid shame....

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I like this alot... I make alot of mistakes! I will share this!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Until we acknowledge our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them. Much needed message here. It is the human condition to make mistakes and it takes courage to admit them particularly to ourselves. Sometimes our greatest mistakes teach us the most.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      It's okay, we all do, but we live and learn. The good thing is that you acknowledge it and move on. Vote up awesome!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Angela *blushes*, Thank you Jlava *smiles*, Thank you doctor *nods*... Such kind, considerate recognition will always be appreciated by me... Thank you !

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      yes I can certainly relate to this - I have made mistakes too - some costly and some I regret but no mistake in coming here - you are a wonderful writer and I am so pleased to meet you - lake erie time ontario canada 8:28pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy

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      T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great poem. I have a feeling everyone can relate to this. Well done!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thanking you both epigramman and T4an... I truly do appreciate your recognition, and your kind words shared here... Keep Cool!

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      B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Catching up on some of your hubs tonight . . love, love, LOVE this one!!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Lucy ! *blushes* Thank you very much !

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great poem! We all make mistakes and it´s only us to blame. Thanks for sharing.

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you for your kind consideration shared here with me Thelma... It is truly appreciated! ~smiles~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      We all make mistakes. What's important is we acknowledge it and hopefully not to repeat the same mistake again. I'm sure everyone who reads this can very much relate to it. Nicely penned CM. Cheers to our courage in creativity, CrisSp~

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Cris ! Thank you very much ! ~smiles~

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      Murphy 2 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Mistakes never stop.. Learning never stops.

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      Wendy 8 months ago

      So true, we learn by the mistakes we make in life. (Hoping we don't repeat them)

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      Murphy 8 months ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      ~SMILES~

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