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Below is the poem entitled Forgiveness which was written by poet Patricia Gregory. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by your past
if you let go of those resentments the pain surely won't last.
Not to forgive is to yield one self to anothers control
if you keep holding onto those feelings you may end up losing your soul.
Not to forgive means the other person holds power over you
if you don't soften up your heart healing can't flow through.
Not to forgive means you may lose out on your life
because you won't allow God to remove all the strife.
Not to forgive will keep you in fear, shame and anger
will not allow you to come down off your triangle.
Not to forgive will keep them handcuffs on your wrists
before you know it your knocked down and balled in a twist.
Not to forgive shows you just ain't got much flavor
once you do show forgiveness God will show you much favor.

Luke 23:34a
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for
they know not what they do....................

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  1. Date: 3/28/2010 6:31:00 PM
    This is way better then anything!!! this is a awesome awesome awesome poem!! wow!! this is amazing!!

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 7:58:00 AM
    So much truth in your words. Thank you for sharing this message with us. Welcome to Poetry Soup! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wishes with your writing! Karen

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 6:50:00 AM
    Welcome to the Poetry Soup Family of poets.. so enjoyed reading your creative write.. forgiveness is a difficult thing to do but possible and important..luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 6:30:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Patricia. I also wish you the best in your writing endeavors. If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/26/2010 2:27:00 PM
    Great write that is so true...Nonforgiveness actually causes your emotions to do bodily harm to you...Keep the creative pen flowing..Welcome to soup..Sara

  1. Date: 3/26/2010 1:58:00 PM
    very nice write and welcome to poetry soup faleshia