What it is I am Practicing For - Peter Malakoff
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What it is I am Practicing For

Inspired by a tale of Mullah Nasruddin

Again and again


I have gone back down this same alley


Looking for a watch


that I lost in some other part of the city

 

It is so bright under the streetlamp here


Everything is clear and distinct


It must be a good place to search

 

 

Time goes by


I become so engrossed in my looking

 

that I only dimly remember

 

what I originally lost  


It feels as if


I have spent my whole life here

 

And


Sometimes


I realize how stupid it is


to be searching this alley


under this light


When I left that watch someplace else

 

 

Perhaps


I have committed a complete


waste of my life

 

And


it would of been better


to have died

 

 

And then


I remember


it took me a long time to learn guitar


Much practice and more practice


Always making errors


Until one day


I played effortlessly and expanded my life and love

 

in music and song

 

 

And Then I know


I should not regret my searching


It is like practicing


Its just that now


I do not know


What it is


I am practicing for