Scorch Marks

 Scorch Marks

 I have heard it said that
a man is known
by the mistakes he has made;
scorch marks he left behind
on other lives.

I've done things,
hurtful, painful things,
things that left me feeling
like I just ate a dead squirrel
found under the porch.

I've made mistakes so big
it would be suicide
to jump off of them.
Believe me, I've tried.

It is only in the great rear view Mirror of Life
I can see clearly
that my biggest mistake of all
was also the mother
of my greatest joy.

I love being your Dad.

©2016 Christopher Reilley
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