Rebound

It’s not the worst thing to see, to feel,
to know that your trajectory
is a bit off after all.
That squaring up, muscle memory,
practice, preparation, and even breathing
didn’t create the perfect storm
you expected, wanted, needed.
The letting go —
sailing forward, upward,
and even the descent —
is all worthwhile
as long as you prepare
for the moment of impact.
Because when you start to fall back
to surer, steadier hands
(still yours),
you know that by the time
you get back to yourself,
you’ll be ready
for another (and this time,
successful) ascent.

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