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Learn to Fail

Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher who writes about various subjects, including education and creative writing.


One day

You’ll walk with titans.

One day

You’ll march with kings.

One day

You’ll stand tall

Above all.



Learned to fail.


Nobody starts

At the top,

Nobody starts

Being great.

Nobody starts

Winning it all.


‘Cause we all

Start somewhere

And somewhere

Is down there,

At the bottom.

You must learn to fail

Get bruised

And bloodied.

You must learn

To get knocked down

And feel like a clown.


But, feel that pain

Feel that fall

Remember it!

Learn from it!

Pick yourself up,

And keep doing that

Everytime you fail

‘till , finally…

You can walk with titans.

You can march with kings.

You can stand tall

...like a superhuman being.

Most importantly,

You can be the greatest

Of them all.

After you’ve learned

To fail.

(for Garet and Caleb)


© 2021 Dean Traylor


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 14, 2021:

Learning to fall and appreciating our failures should be taught in school.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 10, 2021:

I do accept sometimes it is necessary to fail in order to get up more bravely once again.I like your poem.

Blessings and Peace

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 09, 2021:

It seems I wrote this poem not you, Dean Taylor. Why? Because I've learn many things from fail(ure) and failing. However, it's inspiring and found you. Much thanks.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 09, 2021:

I like this poem. I agree you need to fall at sometime in order to succeed. When you are number one there’s nowhere else to go.

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