Practice makes…

You wish…

Practice makes flawed
as any perfectionist knows
– only less flawed

Practice makes desperate
as any perfectionist knows –
like the horizon
perfection stays without reach

Practice makes tired
as any perfectionist knows
the effort
is never rewarded
with the desired result

Practice makes angry
as any perfectionist knows
we don’t want to practice
we want perfection
tomorrow doesn’t count

Practice makes sad
as any perfectionist knows
we try
and fail
and fail

(once more, with feeling)

This is the first time I followed the prompt for OctPoWriMo. The prompt was perfectionism, and the writer of the prompt loves math. She inspired me to increase the number of lines one by one – and end with an imperfect extra line 😉 Any emotion you can feel in this poem is purely fictional. Perfectionism? Me? Never heard of it…

22 thoughts on “Practice makes…

  1. zoebyrd

    I am going to send a friend to your link who is dealing with so many of these things due to the need for immediate and perfect results… thanks!

  2. Fida

    This is so true! And I love these kinds of poems with repetition. It gives of emphasis and makes the poem simple but more powerful. Thank you!

  3. jazzytower

    Funny I was thinking this morning that a perfectionist just might just be the makings of a highly stressed individual. :)- I like how you laid this out.

    1. Angela van Son Post author

      Poets can make up any word they want, it’s how they enrich life and enrich the language 🙂 Relatability is a perfect word, no matter what the dictionary says.

      I’m recovering too. I’m not yet where I want to be, but I forbid myself to be perfectionistic about that (and forgive myself when I do).

  4. Anna Stewart

    Yes! Just yes! Less flawed. The ultimate frustration. It was all lovely but the first three full stanzas just captured my thoughts/feelings so perfectly…loved them.

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