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Gentle

GENTLE

Gentle is best
I’m sure I read that
Somewhere
Or maybe dreamt it
Who’s to say?

But if not
Then maybe t’is I
Should write it
Right here, right now
Gentle is best

And always

Transgressions

TRANSGRESSIONS

How we delude ourselves
How we love to pretend

While the better part of us
Well knows time will untie us

Has no fear – For forgiveness
Is unbound by mere time

Prejudice

PREJUDICE

This plant is called weed
Is this not the place it starts?
Discrimination

Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET

Mother Earth
Earth Mother
And all we
Her children

Disengagement

DISENGAGEMENT

A dual process
Forgiving the transgressor
Forgiving oneself

On Balance

ON BALANCE

To judge or pardon?
One another or oneself?
Weighty questions these

Bad Blood

BAD BLOOD

Have you forgiven me yet
For being myself
Have I forgiven you yet
For being yourself
Until then round and round
Round and round we go
Getting off this roundabout
Is the first step – Step two
Reserved for the intrepid
Involves dissolution, release

The Grateful Child

THE GRATEFUL CHILD

I was not “their” child
But they did the best they could
(With histories of their own)

And it has taken me years
The wisdom of forgiveness

Stage By Stage

STAGE BY STAGE

All simply a play
Once the actors leave the stage
No one to punish

Bête Noire

BÊTE NOIRE
…………………………………………………………………………This one’s for dear Margaret W
An unpleasantness
Unwarranted to my mind
Drains another glass
And chitchats with abandon
While beneath the masque … Her pain