So is it really possible to know
that you’ve succeeded or you’ve failed?
I think the answer is both yes and no,
that it depends on what you’re measuring
and how it’s measured. Take, for instance, wealth.
Is failure or success how much you have,
and does it matter how the wealth was gained?
Are lawyers judged by losses and by wins
and only how their clients faired in court?
And what of teachers? Are they to be judged
by how their students do on tests in school?
I rather hope it’s how they do in life.
Has teacher failed if Johnny spent his time
in English drawing pictures if he now
has fifty people working in his shop?
And what about the kid who never did
the work assigned because his mind
was off in Neverland? Did teacher fail
when decades later his photography
and writing is astounding? Did he fail
the student? Did the student fail the class
if everything the teacher tried to teach
is now reflected in the student’s work?
I wonder, but I doubt I’ll ever know.