21 April 2011



Saying you ‘almost made the grade’
goes only partway, it is like hinting
benign vagueness, or of taking no
credence how far or from where you
came; succeeding assumes such an
aura it belies who originally set the
bar so neatly and impossibly shy –
where failure was nearly assured

Truth is a stranger to what you say
self-deprecation’s a singular view with
no value in slaying dragon spawn; and
playing your own fool denies what we
need of your singularity – it was you
who set the grades to suborn!
© 29 January 2011, I. D. Carswell