“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note you play
that determines if it’s good or bad.” —Miles Davis
There are no bad notes
if you’re open smart and quick
there’ll be a next note:
first rung on a ladder from a ditch,
new rudder-push of a boat
you’ll sail to hope from glitch.
The chance is not remote
you’ll rise to praise from bitch.
If you’ll crack your shell to note
that next can overcome a hitch
you can fearlessly re-quote
and take your song from poor to rich.
by Jim Culleny
Painting by Vagharshabadi