9 Poems About Mistakes

Poems about making mistakes to encourage you and lift your spirits when you make an error. We all make mistakes, but whether it remains a mistake is determined by what we learn from making them and what our attitude is when it happens. Mistakes are a fact of life, but what you do once a mistake is made determines your success in life. We all have a choice about our attitude and what we learn.

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  1. We All Make Mistakes
    Poet: Julie Hebert, 2015

    Frustration, disappointment and even defeat,
    At times we all sometimes feel.
    Don't let mistakes be a disappointment in your life,
    Don't be down as joy it will steal.

    We all sometimes find,
    Ourselves taking two steps back.
    Even the best of us,
    Sometimes feel like that.

    Time to wake up,
    And live as you want.
    Don't allow those two steps back,
    To stop you and haunt.

    We all make our own mistakes.
    There is no time for looking back,
    It's time to stand tall and hold your head high,
    Learn from it, move forward, stay on track!

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  3. Thankful For The Mistakes
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, 2020

    Be thankful for the mistakes you have made
    As they teach you better than a school grade
    Some see mistakes as failures so
    But don't let mistakes take you that low.

    Mistakes are made by everyone
    The day will never come that you'll make none
    The important thing to realize
    There is learning for you to recognize.

    Learn from the mistake with knowledge you have gained
    Don't let the mistake be a failure or a drain
    Mistakes are like one step forward and then two back
    Always remember they teach you what you lack!

  4. You will notice at the beginning of this poem one of the things the writer would do if he could live his life again is "to make more mistakes".  Words for us all to consider and reflect upon!

  5. If I Could
    by Jorge Luis Borges

    If I could live again my life,
    In the next - I'll try,
    - to make more mistakes,
    I won't try to be so perfect,
    I'll be more relaxed,
    I'll be more full - than I am now,
    In fact, I'll take fewer things seriously,
    I'll be less hygienic,
    I'll take more risks,
    I'll take more trips,
    I'll watch more sunsets,
    I'll climb more mountains,
    I'll swim more rivers,
    I'll go to more places - I've never been,
    I'll eat more ice creams and less (lime) beans,
    I'll have more real problems - and less imaginary ones,
    I was one of those people who live prudent and prolific lives -
    each minute of his life,
    Of course that I had moments of joy -
    but, if I could go back I'll try to have only good moments,
    If you don't know - that's what life is made of, don't lose the now!

  6. Lying Awake
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    At night I find myself lying awake
    I think of the day and my mistakes
    Why did I do it that way
    I ponder and question why.

    Could I have done it differently, another way
    There are some who point fault and say
    You dropped the ball you didn't think
    When that is said behind my desk I want to sink

    I realize my biggest downfall
    Is making myself feel small
    Everyone makes mistakes
    I should give myself a shake.

    Laying awake, and worrying so
    Does no good that I know
    What have I learned, I will focus on
    I need to sleep it will soon be dawn.

  7. The Lesson
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    Who does not make a mistake?
    What is important is the lesson they take.
    Mistakes are a part of life each day
    Learn all you can and apply it in a way
    That next time you have to do
    You will change your how to
    Don't beat yourself up cause you got it wrong
    Correct it if you can and move on.

  8. No One Is Perfect
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    The thing to keep in mind: no one is perfect
    Errors each one of us has had the effect
    When something goes wrong it does not mean
    That disaster has happened and failure is seen.

    A mistake, a mishap, an error it may be
    But they can all be fixed don't you see.
    If we were all perfect we would never learn
    How to handle an obstacle at the next turn.

    Life is full of ups and downs
    Time of smiles and times of frowns
    And while a frown you may see
    A mistake can be fixed and smiles we will see.

  9. Not The End
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    A mistake is not the end of the world
    A mistake does not mean failure
    A mistake may be a setback
    But it is not the end.

    Pick up the pieces, try again
    Don't let one thing stop you.
    Step back, take a breath
    Throw out the wrong, keep the good.

    You will find success will come
    If you don't give up
    Take your new knowledge
    And try again!

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  11. Mistakes
    Poet: Susan M. Day

    Vouchsafe to keep me this day without sin!
    Yea, Lord, from danger, too, for Christ’s dear sake;
    Yet more I ask, - for more, Thy help would win,-
    In Thy deep pity, keep me from mistake.

    Mistakes of judgment! when no light I see,
    Yet in my blindness fain would do my best;
    When to life’s problem I can find no key,
    And grope in darkness, with a weight oppressed.

    Mistakes of loving! when my heart leaps forth
    To answer heart that faithful seems, and true;
    Then learn that hope of gain marks friendship’s worth,
    That love unselfish is the gift of few.

    Mistakes in guiding others on, through way
    Which shining looks, and leads to sunny height,
    Only to lose ourselves at close of day,
    And wander in dense woods, through dangerous night.

    Yet teach me, Lord, that if, with purpose true,
    With unperverted will, I firmly make
    My choice,- that is the best that I can do,
    And Thou didst mean that I should oft mistake.

    Thus, through my failures, lead to sure success;
    Through falls, to stand on ground that never quakes, -
    Through error, learn Thy strength, - my feebleness, -
    Climb nearer Heaven, by means of my mistakes.

  12. Influence
    Poet: Sarah Knowles Bolton

    The smallest bark on life's tumultuous ocean
    Will leave a track behind forevermore;
    The lightest wave of influence, once in motion,
    Extends and widens to the eternal shore.
    We should be wary, then, who go before
    A myriad yet to be, and we should take
    Our bearings carefully where breakers roar
    And fearful tempests gather: one mistake
    May wreck unnumbered barks that follow in our wake.

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