This poem is about duty in the loosest sense and so I offer it for the dVerse poetics this Sunday. I wrote it a while ago and have never found anything to do with it until now.

I hear of bitter sacrifice
for country, creed, belief;
acts of desperate courage
for lover, parent, wife.

I read of body parts donated
to save a daughter’s life;
of pain endured and heartbreak
by mothers for their sons.

For all the hours I’ve squandered,
all the deeds not done,
every moment’s anger,
each time I couldn’t smile,

for comforts not afforded,
every gift not given,
for gentle word not spoken,
soft caress not shared,

I forgive myself
and in forgiving find
I’ve loved them
well enough.

6 Responses to Forgiveness

  1. claudia says:

    nice…i have a long list where i have to forgive myself for the things done wrong or not done at all…i’m thankful there’s much grace…nicely penned sally..

  2. brian miller says:

    i feel you on this…we do have an obligation to forgive and forgive ourselves…for otherwise we destroy life….our own and others…

  3. SallyJ says:

    Thank you Claudia. Glad to see dVerse is going from strength to strength.

  4. ManicDdaily says:

    This is just a super poem, Sally. It is terrific. It describes both the guilt we feel and also, well, perverse satisfaction if we allow ourselves. It is just wonderful. K.

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