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       by Amy Swanson   12/2008

I know that I'm not perfect
     make mistakes from time to time
but the largest err I've made was
      not forgiving you this time.

You're the one that always
      makes a smile out of my frown
Emotions, though, got in the way;
       I fear I've let you down.

I hid my heart so selfishly
       and distant, from your view
I could not bear to hurt again
        and so, stayed mad at you

I let myself forget the good
        and happy things we were
instead I've been so negative,
        our memories a blur.

I thought no longer you recalled
        the pleasance of our youth,
had traded years of loyalty
        with new and bitter truth,

But yesterday you smiled at me -
        I saw within your eyes
 A spark that was meant just for me,
        there would be no goodbyes

And then we laughed, you held my hand
         and gave my lips your kiss.
We talked about so many things,
         a long-due reminisce

I felt I'd found you once again
          my hero, my best friend;
Whatever this world throws at us,
          together, we'll transcend.

The life we share means more to me
           Than old misunderstandings
I won't subject our love, our trust,
            to childish meanderings.

Once you broke my heart,
         But also I've hurt you...
So please, forgive my foolishness;
         And I'll forgive yours too.

Copyright © Amy Swanson

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  1. Date: 12/24/2008 9:30:00 AM
    Amy i love this poem very much, you have said all you needed to say. Forgiveness is the key to true happiness, and if we forgive people who hurt us, though hard it may be, we are doing ourselves a favour, and hey as you say we are not perfect, though some make out to be. we do make mistakes as well I really love this poem. i will read some more. God bless good job

  1. Date: 12/11/2008 9:36:00 PM
    I really get this poem. I'm one of those people who can let a feud go on for years and years. It's hard to let go, but I know if I did it'd be like the ending of this poem. "Once you broke my heart, But also I've hurt you...So please, forgive my foolishness; And I'll forgive yours too". Such a perfect ending! If only we could all let go. Thank you also for reading and faving my poem :D I'm really flattered. X

  1. Date: 12/11/2008 12:15:00 PM
    Sometimes we need to forgive in order to hear ourselves. Forgiving can be a gift to ourselves. Nicely said in your lovely poem. ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 12/10/2008 8:45:00 AM
    Amy this is so beautiful and very touching. I loved this, you're always so honest in your poems and I love it! Blessings my friend! ~Michaela~

  1. Date: 12/9/2008 9:37:00 AM
    This is such a warm poem that speaks of love and forgiveness. The voice in the poem exposes their emotions very well. I love the openess of the write. Great Job!

  1. Date: 12/8/2008 5:05:00 PM
    this is a touching write Amy and was happy to read about the happy ending forgiveness is such a hard emotion to sometimes grasp but we all have to remember that we have to forgive not just for the other person but for ourselves as a whole beatuiful write and welcome to poetry soup hope to read more of your poems real soon