How many times has Diversion taken place,
Where I should have been paying attention?
How can I be so lacking in grace,
As to fail as if by intention?
Twice has it happened, to my certain ken,
Who knows how often when not aware.
Now others must pay, again and again,
For my failure to focus here, not there.
What to do, what to do, when retreat from the World
Is my life’s besetting sin?
Only to go cap in hand to the One
Who paid for it all to begin…