9 Encouraging Poems About Mistakes in Life

Every human makes mistakes but the question is whether he learns from them. To err is in human nature. Experiences are gained from mistakes. Instead of suffering from mistakes, we should learn from them and try to avoid them in future life. If you are looking for inspirational poems about mistakes, you will find them here.

Thankful For The Mistakes

Poems About Mistakes


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!


No One Is Perfect

No one is perfect


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!


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.


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.


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!



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.



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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