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

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Can you forgive someone who has stolen your life?
A person with full faculties of the knowledge that
they have invaded your every ounce of pureness.
With only the craving of self gratification, with no
concerns of the damage inflicted upon the naive victim.
Life as you have known it to be is no longer, therefore,
the changes require extensive mind and body alterations.
Not given a choice confuses the brain to believe this
person deserves and should receive the same destruction.
Then you ponder the satisfaction of their demise only
to feel ashamed when you get enjoyment from the thought.
Seeking the answer deep down in your soul while
struggling with the transformation of your future life, 
you ask yourself if this person is worthy of the
compassion that is required to mend your sufferings.
The only answer that can possibly ease the curing
process of this human err, however intentional, must 
be divine forgiveness to begin your inner self healing.
Yes, you can forgive what you shall never forget.

Contest: "To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine"

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  1. Date: 5/8/2011 9:13:00 PM
    Maggie, as I was reading the poem I kept wanting to skip down to the last sentence... could hardly wait to see the "answer" .... Yes! I think you are right. Great poem. ~~Rick

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 11:21:00 AM
    Congratulations Maggie on your win in "Annalise's Contest". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 12:10:00 PM
    Very, very good. Truly a profound, wise and true statement about forgiveness and healing. Congratulations on your winning placement in the contest. Deb

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 10:04:00 AM
    Congratulations Maggie on your worthy poem's placement in Audrey's amazing contest. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 9:41:00 AM
    Congrats Maggie on your wonderful win in Audrey's great contest with this excellent entry .. enjoy with luv..

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 6:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on this second place win in the contest of Audrey, maggie

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 1:58:00 AM
    Maggie, congratulations on your win in Audrey, an awesome lesson in this write of yours.. ;) WN

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 9:31:00 PM
    A wonderful lesson of forgiveness. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 7:23:00 PM
    Thank you for supporting my contest, Maggie! Congratulations! Love, Audrey