I want you to fall.
Like so many others in this twisted world
I want you to put all your effort into something
To believe that it will work
And completely fail.

I want you to mess up.
THEY want you to mess up.
To fall farther than you thought possible
To have things turn out worse than you expected.
But unlike them,

I want you to get up.
Because it’s only through failure that we find success.
Only through weakness that we find strength.
If nobody tried anything in fear of failure,
Where would we be now?

So screw up.
Mess up.
Seek failure,

But get up.

CC BY-SA 4.0 I want you to fall by Joey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Fatjon 3 days ago

    It was very good! You made a point with this poem, but you can make it more useful and sweet!, But great work!.

  2. Meggy 1 week ago

    This was beautiful! I loved how cynical it started out, but was resolved into a beautiful message. It wasn’t overly sweet or sugarcoated and I love that! Great work!

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