Perfecto’s Vault

11 Jan

“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”  ~John Henry Newman

Perfecto’s Vault

There once was an artist whose name
Reflected the work that he did
“Perfecto” was his name because
Imperfection is what he forbid

He worked as an artist and sculptor
Musician and filmmaker too
A writer, a poet, a dancer
Creative he was, through and through

But the problem was that young Perfecto
Just never could get things quite right
He wanted them perfect, and so
He worked on them all day and night

But Perfecto could never get works
To ever be without some flaws
“It has to be perfect to gain
The audience’s big applause!”

And so he kept tweaking and tweaking
But never could get it perfect
“It has to be just how I want it!
This artwork of me does reflect!”

And after way too much fine-tuning
Of it he eventually got sick
And so rather than unveil and let
A few of his viewers nitpick

He took it way down to his basement
And threw it into his steel vault
Along with all his other works
That had some sort of tiny fault

He slammed shut the door of the vault
And began to think of his next piece
Never once thinking it too
Would make his vault’s contents increase

Years later, when he was much older
And tried to store one more away
The vault’s door exploded wide open
And out spilled all of its cache

There he lay buried in pieces
That used to seem like they were flawed
But where once he’d been irritated
Now the old man was just awed

The years had done something to his eyes
No longer did he see the specks
All he saw was how amazing
Were all his abandoned projects

The joy and the wonder he got
Had suddenly made him admit
Perfecto had been very selfish
To think all his work was unfit

He understood there in that moment
Not everyone sees things the same
What one person thinks is imperfect
Another might loudly exclaim:

“I love it! It’s awesome! Fantastic!
I really enjoyed all your work!
Thank you for sharing it with me
And bringing to my face a smirk!”

And so Perfecto sat and cried
‘Cause all of his passion and talent
Lay on the floor of this dark basement
Because he had not been more gallant

To not care what others would think
About the work he had created
Drowning in work he now loved
That for silly reasons he had once hated

The end

———————————————————————————-

“Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence.”  ~Rosalynn Carter

Imperfecto’s Vault

There was a guy named “Imperfecto”
Who got the job done and kept going
His vault was empty because
He wasn’t afraid of flaws showing

The end

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26 Responses to “Perfecto’s Vault”

  1. Soma Mukherjee January 11, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    What a beauty Miro…cant agree with you more,,
    Speaking of perfection Look how God is fine with all the imperfections that we all are…loved the quotes accompanying the poetry

  2. Cat Forsley January 11, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Miro – seriously – You talk to everyone when you write —– a good dagger through my heart today – I Think we all have a “Vault” somewhere waiting to explode as You wrote .
    Thanks for this …..
    It’s beautiful .
    Love from Toronto – The sun is shining – maybe i will go down to my vault ——- and just wait patiently ….
    and be kind to the art i have already made – imperfectly and with all my heart —–
    such a beautiful poem .and Lesson …..
    You are so Truly Gifted .
    xxCat

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you, Cat. Swing that vault door wide open! 🙂

      • Cat Forsley January 12, 2012 at 4:56 am #

        Miro – i did yesterday before i posted the candle lighter award and nominations – i found music that i had written and not thought very much of – but feeling like “imperfeckto” after reading You . i went to my vault – and boy oh boy – it was kinda fun . too hear what i had already done and dismissed as just whatever stuff – that was “perfeckto” in my head …
        so ……Good morning and Thank You for “Imperfekto ”
        I am only writing from the NOW experiences but can incorporate the VAULT music / collabs i have done – and there you go ! Lesson Learned …….
        Thank You so Much …..
        x Cat

  3. zendictive January 11, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    wow, love this poetic/tale and lesson
    bows (~_~) humble

  4. Jackie L. Robinson January 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these again. ; ) xo

  5. renxkyoko January 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    This is awesome! One person’s trash is someone’s treasure, a thought explained beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers !

  6. You As A Machine January 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Brilliant!

    Super busy doing food prep and catching up…on everything, now that the kids are back at school, but love that I can take a minute to read one of your poems.

    Without fail, another inspiring and motivating piece. I will read this to my kids and see what they think!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks, I’m flattered! Hope your kids swing that vault door wide open. 🙂

  7. christyb January 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Wonderful, and a poem to which many can relate. Love it!
    christyb

  8. aussieian2011 January 12, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    Wonderful , am in awe , a fantastic work of art in those words
    A story filled with wisdom
    Ian aka Emu

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Thanks Ian, so kind of you to say. Glad to hear it resonated so much with you.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  9. dontchawannadream January 12, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Brilliant poem. I really enjoyed reading it, Miro.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful life lesson. 🙂

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Merci beaucoup, Charlotte, much appreciated. 🙂 Thank you for reading.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  10. Sue Dreamwalker January 13, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I am just amazed at your talent for creating perfecto poems with so many varied themes .. I love coming to read them, .. Keep writing your own brand of perfection here Miro for it brings much out from that vault of your own thought.. Which we all need to listen and adhere too. ~Dreamwalker x

  11. khushjenny January 13, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    101% agreed 🙂

  12. celestealluvial January 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Nice! This certainly gives a small glimpse into all of us, and I for one would love to say when I’m older, that I seized the moments and opportunities to let my own light shine. I want to look back happily and feel satisfied. Also you never know when something you have been given, could be the very thing that helps another person out of a trouble, or help shine the light on their own way. Thanks for sharing this!
    Best wishes,
    Celeste.
    And much appreciation for the visit and the like! 🙂

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Glad to hear it resonated with you, thanks for reading. Yes, here’s to living life with no regrets!
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  13. Julie Catherine January 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Bravo, Miro, very well said! Absolutely love the brevity of “Imperfecto’s Vault” in comparison. You are wise, and I’m listening. ~ Julie 🙂

  14. Erin McNaughton March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Wow, I absolutely love this – it resonates so deeply with me. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Miro March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks Erin, glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

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