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Adultery--To Forgive or Not

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Adultery--To Forgive or Not

Every love story is different,
And every situation too.
So until it really happens
One might not know what she would do.
I’m sure my heart would have been broken
Had my true love been betrayed.
And my life mate had forgotten 
All the promises he made.
I’d have the right to be unhappy.
 I would have shed my anguished tears
And have said I’d not forgive him
For a million, million years.

I hope I’d not have made decisions
While so unhappy and dismayed,
That I would have licked my wounds awhile
Until the hurt began to fade.
It could be one indiscretion
Need not be a full life sentence,
If he had been truly sorry
And was willing to do penance.

On the other hand if there had been
A long, emotional affair
And he’d given her his true self
That was only mine to share,
Then it may be the hurt was too bad
And I could not forgive him.
I wouldn’t settle for a half of love,
It had been better just to leave him.

But the children, oh the children,
They would be so very sad.
I hope I’d be wise enough to spare them
And not to speak ill of their dad.
I know that I would worry then
And have started to wonder
If what the Lord had joined together
I had the right to put asunder.

For Delilah's contest "Adultery" To forgive or not.  Nov. 6, 12

There were several no. 1 winners.  I was one of them.

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  1. Date: 8/6/2014 9:19:00 PM
    Joyce,, Congratulations!!! :) On having your poem featured this week. Stopping by to say hi, and greet almost every poem, on the Poetry Soup's home page. Enjoy having your poem for all to read. Always & Forever ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 3/27/2014 11:34:00 AM
    Joyce, Congratulations, on your own favorite poem. Stay Xool *xox* Forever LINDA

  1. Date: 3/22/2014 11:08:00 AM
    Wow!! Brilliant piece from one of the great poet on PS. Congratulations on your win friend Joyce . Have a good day. hugsss :)

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 4:10:00 PM
    You've described a very sad tale here, dear Joyce. Good work. Congrats on your win in Dr. Ram's Contest! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 12:08:00 PM
    Hi Joyce, In adultery it is never just one indiscretion. What kills a marriage is the initial withdrawing of emotional love from the adulterer to his partner which inevitably alerts and is often the death knell of the relationship. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 6:56:00 AM
    It was a great pleasure to read one of your best and favorite poem. Congrats on the win, joyce

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 5:37:00 PM
    JOYCE, STOPPING BY TO READ THIS ONE AGAIN..., congratulations with your awesome win in Delilah "Adultery , forgive or not to forgive" contest. Enjoyed stopping by to read all her winners:-) Always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 3:33:00 PM
    So very thoughtful Joyce, Congrats on your heartfelt poem in Delilah’s contest.

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 11:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Delilah's "Adultery" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 6:02:00 PM
    Congrats on your special win!

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Joyce; you have captured the emotional dilemma so well. Amazing write! Congrats on your win. Hugs

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 6:10:00 AM
    such true devotion, joyce.. congrats on the top spot which i share with you; a warm delight!.:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 5:38:00 AM
    Wow!! big congratulations on you grand win friend Joyce. cheers!! (^_^) hugs Maria

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 2:18:00 AM
    I like your style....... you create a very clear picture......... Many congrats. Ellie Daphne

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 12:41:00 AM
    Big congratulations on your first place win Joyce xx

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 10:57:00 PM
    This is lovely Joyce! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 10:10:00 PM
    Well done a great poem . .........Seren

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 8:28:00 PM
    Hello Joyce, congratulations in Delilah's " Adultery , forgive or not to forgive " contest. Enjoyed stopping by to read her winners. Good Night~ Always & Forever PD"

  1. Date: 10/24/2012 1:47:00 PM
    Joyce; This is very well written and very sincere. It is very hard to make dissions for this kind of problem. I think that women always forgive more than men. Thanks for reading my poem. Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/15/2012 9:54:00 AM
    I like honest answers to hard questions. I see that you brought up promises. But to me it is a matter of unwriten law or the thing that need not be said. How ever we have needs and wher do we go when they are not being met. There in should come understanding.