C’est la vie

They say success

never tastes so sweet

without the sour hors d’oeuvre

of failure’s bounty;

were I but once

to taste the former

I might have some basis

to compare.

* My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! If you get the chance, be sure to check out all the other talented One Stop poets posting there – and what about yourself? If you haven’t signed up yet, and you’re among the creative…what are you waiting for?


26 thoughts on “C’est la vie

  1. deep truth in this chris – think we learn most from our failures – though success is a nice piece of chocolat every once and a while..smiles
    happy one shot my friend

  2. Chris, I really love these short well crafted pieces of yours that encapsulate a single thought. How the hell did you get so good so young kiddo?

  3. Ah if only! Know the feeling, my friend. Well stated message, concise and smooth piece. If nothing else, you should allow yourself to savor the success you achieved here.

  4. My French is rusty, but “that’s Life” indeed, Chris. You’ve distilled the thoughts of a young man waiting – maybe not so patiently – to taste the best that Life can offer. Just keep working your way around the buffet table, young poet, you’re in for a sumptuous feast. Thank you.

  5. Hi Chris

    A very interesting thought here.. yes I agree that you need to have the taste of success to really understand how contrasting it is from failure.. just like the light’s existence and knowing itself depends on the presence of darkness…
    Thanks for an interesting thought here…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  6. Aahh.. some cynicism there.. and yet it feels so honest and true..
    Really liked this one, Chris.. it spoke to me..

    May the best be with you, my friend…

  7. ‘c’est la vie’, a shrug and we move on. But do we, really? And you captured both in this compact poem. Thanks, Chris!

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