We Are Here

We are here,
in part,
to fail.
Who has not loved
the wrong person,
said yes instead of no,
done nothing
in the face of action,
kept a closed heart
to someone else’s tears,
turned and walked
away from someone pleading?
Love is too strong,
lonliness too empty,
desire too absolute,
anger too engulfing,
the mind, far too smart
for courage,
fear, too claw-fisted
and sharp-toothed
to embrace.
We are here,
at times,
to fail.
How else can a
human being
ever learn
to forgive?


Ross G. Drago
Paint Rag Magazine