When Ada asks about my so called “mistakes”

When Ada no longer crawls

into my early morning bed
like she did this morning, she

will still want to talk like

we’re on the pillow, and she will
ask me about the so called “mistakes”

I have made.

I will explain

the way people and ideas have arrived
into my life, how that has brought

both love and hurt. I won’t explain – nor could I
explain – the difference.

I’ll say, Sometimes you won’t be able to tell
the difference at first glance. Then confess

one thing I do know, and that is

You have to keep living into
your mistakes once they arrive

because a mistake has many comings

and goings that hold still

the most precious of life before us,

and that will be worth it, that
is enough to make a life.


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