As the Phillies played
their last home game of the regular season,

I, a regular for twenty-six years,
attended my final back-to-school night.

The band director spoke
of his active revision policy.

He said he welcomes, even encourages, re-dos
as there aren’t many things in life we can’t correct.

I came home to watch a Bryce Harper ejection video.
The slugger checked his swing, but the ref said otherwise.

I try to learn from everything,
but I struggled to identify a take-away.

I’ve made my share of errors.
I’ve also missed many deadlines.

Despite my many failings,
I take comfort in revision.

Extra innings
Extended curfews
Experiential curriculums

As I watched the video replay,
I took in a master class on missed opportunities

to make things right.