Cut three times and still too short


He hung his face in shame

Knowing it was wrong

It had always been the same

He saw it all along


Unable though to put an end

Always the same mistake

No matter how he tried to mend

He did not get a break


Done once is not too bad

Done twice it looks quite glum

But thrice does make one mad

More of the same is plain dumb


If only he could learn at last

To change the habit and his ways

To not always repeat the past

But start anew and finally rephrase


The moral to this story is quite clear

Regardless of what you do

Making the same mistake, I fear

Does not look good on you

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 18th, 2017 00:57
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 37


  • kevin browne

    Oh dear, it looks as though I have to stay on the straight and narrow with no mistakes other a boot will be up my backside. nice write, however, Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks Kevin!
      What do you call a guy with a black/blue eye? Accident prone!
      What do you call a guy with two black/blue eyes? A slow learner!

    • Goldfinch60

      Good write and very true Fred, we must learn from our mistakes.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Goldfinch! See my answer above to Kevin!

      • orchidee

        A fine write Fred.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks orchidee! Not my best poem, but what the heck, we can't be good every day!

          • orchidee

            Ohhh nobody's perfect Fred - except us two of course! heehee.

          • BRIAN & ANGELA

            Thanks FRED ~ The Moral here surely is "We only learn by our OWN mistakes but some people NEVER learn ! BRIAN ~ Please check my ZIMBABWE ~ Thanks B.

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Brian! That's exactly why we put our hand on a hot plate after being told it is hot!

            • dusk arising

              Alternatively, making the same mistake three or more times and realising it shows it to be one huge hurdle a soul must be continually struggling to overcome. Finally conquering the issue will be a much higher degree of achievement than that of the one mistake never repeated ilk.
              Let not a man be judged by his achievements but rather - by the obstacles he overcame in his achievements.

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks da! As they say, every obstacle is also an opportunity!

              • JLL517

                Excellent poem,its speaks volumes to a situation i just went thru

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks, JLL! Hope you got through your situation ok!

                • myself and me

                  It took a lot of courage and consistency to make the same mistake again and again, I guess.

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks, m&m, it definitely takes consistency!

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