They say you never know until you try,
that risking failure is the way to win;
well, I have failed a great number of things –
and I am sure that I’ll do so again.

I cannot tune a car, or sweep a floor
(at least so that it gets approved as clean);
mechanical things are beyond my grasp,
and dancing? I will never manage that.

If there is something fragile in the room,
the risk is high that it and I will crash;
there’s no chance that I’ll ever move with grace.
But I keep trying, and at certain things

I can at least pretend I have some skill.
There are always poems and silly songs.

16 JAN 2003

for Starlight Dances

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