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"There is a mercy in compassion, a beauty in kindness, and a release in forgiveness. " Quote by- Constance this is a story about a willingness to forgive a so-called friend who stabbed me in my heart and left my soul deeply wounded I was so hurt and wanted to cut all ties with her weeks passed and I struggled to hold onto my anger it was like an anchor holding me down I felt like a caged bird and my MUSE was hiding away so, one day I made a decision to forgive this lady she had said "I am sorry" and in showing compassion I helped myself too I felt at peace, my wings fluttered and I felt light yet, though I said "I forgive you" I knew she was flawed and never to be totally trusted- but had a worth and having that wisdom changed what I share with people the friendship changed not as close but still quite pleasant to talk with there are things I no longer tell forgiveness is the gift I gave to myself I now realize that not all people share my life morals and that is fine- but what I have to give them is kindness I offer my friends grace, dignity and respect loyalty, and trust ... even when it is not returned to me I cannot change who I am . . . ___________________ June 24, 2022 Poetry/Free Verse/Forgiveness: A Gift To Myself Copyright Protected, ID 06-1467-493-24 All Rights Reserved, 2022, Constance La France Written for the Standard contest, Forgiveness sponsor, Anoucheka Gangabissoon, Judged 07/18/2022 First Place Submitted to the Premier contest, 2022 Poetry Marathon, Mile 9 sponsor Mark Toney, Judged 07/27/2022 Tenth Place

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Date: 7/29/2022 1:52:00 PM
Sometimes 'taking the wind out of someone's sails' who has hurt you is the best response you can give. Forgiveness does that. Cheers - Gary
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Date: 7/31/2022 4:55:00 PM
Gary, thank you so much for the visit and comment, yes, you are exactly right, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/28/2022 7:59:00 AM
Hi Constance. I'm so pleased to read one of your poems on the winning list in mile 9. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves so that we may be forgiven. Your lines reflect the depth of your belief that this is true. Congratulations.
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Date: 7/28/2022 3:23:00 PM
Hi Lin, thank you so much for the lovely compliment and congratulations, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/28/2022 4:10:00 AM
"I offer my friends grace, dignity, and respect, loyalty and trust".... how true this is dear Constance.... Thank you for sharing this poem and I learn so much just by reading the poems of great poets like you... Thank you for the inspiration in poetry... Lovely insights on the significance of forgiveness... Hearty congratulations on your great win in the contest...Have a blessed lovely day dear friend... Hugs... ~ Ani
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Date: 7/28/2022 3:24:00 PM
Ani, thank you so much for the lovely comment and compliment and congratulations, hugs and blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/27/2022 6:51:00 PM
Dear Constance, the gift of forgiveness is expressed so beautifully in the your tender intimacy of your poem. Congratulations for your excellent win in Mark’s contest. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/28/2022 3:24:00 PM
Susan, thank you so much for the compliment and the congratulations, wishes and blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/27/2022 2:11:00 PM
Back with Congratulations on this New win. An amazing  write/story/quote/picture. I love this one. To forgive is powerful. To let God handle it is even more powerful. Have a great/blessed day writing away................
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Date: 7/28/2022 3:25:00 PM
Paula, thank you so much for the congratulations, compliment and comment, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/27/2022 12:36:00 PM
Constance, Your poem beautifully describes the benefits of showing forgiveness. I especially like how it also reveals the effect it can have on the one who forgives. Things are not always the same. "...the friendship changed ~ not as close but still quite pleasant to talk with ~ there are things I no longer tell ~ forgiveness is the gift I gave to myself." Congratulations on your win on Mile 9 of my 2022 Poetry Marathon Contest. Keep your running shoes on, because Mile 10 has already started!
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Date: 7/28/2022 3:27:00 PM
Mark, thank you so much for the contest, and my placement, compliment and congratulations, appreciate, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/20/2022 8:22:00 AM
Great decision and great forgiving act. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/22/2022 3:15:00 PM
Christuraj, thank you so much for the comment and congratulations, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/20/2022 12:56:00 AM
Back with congratulations on your fine win, Constance. Wise words, echoing truth. I wonder … is forgiveness merely repression? Can we embrace the ‘enemy’? Why not transcend completely?
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Date: 7/22/2022 3:19:00 PM
Seeker, thank you so much for the congratulations, I must embrace the enemy because to not will only stop my spiritual growth, yes, a regression of sorts, but I kept the friend with the knowledge that she cannot be trusted, my father liked the quote, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, blessings ~Constance
Date: 7/18/2022 11:19:00 AM
Dear Constance. Your poem is so beautiful and full of wisdom. I forgave my horrible stepmother who treated me like a bug to crush, but I always felt sorry for her since she had no friends. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. Thank you for your though-provoking poem. :)
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Date: 7/18/2022 6:47:00 PM
Ann, thank you so much for the compliment on my poem and comment, sometimes it is hard to forgive, blessings~ Constance
Date: 7/18/2022 8:29:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. WOW!!! Once again, a "Wonderful" write/story/quote/picture. I love your line, "and left my soul deeply wounded."  I have been there many times. I still do not understand why people hurt people but they do. Maybe it gives them power. I forgive and then let God handle it. Have a great/blessed day.......................
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Date: 7/18/2022 6:49:00 PM
Paula, thank you so much for the congratulations and gompliment, appreciate, blessings ~ Constance
Date: 6/26/2022 11:31:00 AM
Constance your poem of forgiveness, is told so gracefully, your dignity shines through, a difficult subject. I find every friendship involves a unique formula! Diplomacy always comes in handy. You will find true happiness! Great entry ~ I Am Anaya
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Date: 6/27/2022 11:16:00 PM
Anaya, thank you so much for the wonderful comment and the compliment, blessings ~Constance
Date: 6/25/2022 9:14:00 AM
A delight to see you weaving magic with your words, taking your time to perfect each nuance, Constance. I’m a one sitting poet ~ quite a contrast. Looking forward to reading your finished work.
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Date: 6/26/2022 6:22:00 AM
Seeker, thank you so much for the visit and comment, it took me time to create this write as it is a deep subject that reflects on the person I am and want to be, but I finally was able to complete it, thank you also for the compliment on my writing, I am a slow writer, I ponder the theme often for days, blessings ~Constance
Date: 6/24/2022 3:46:00 PM
Looking good Constance.
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Date: 6/24/2022 4:31:00 PM
Harry, thank you so much for the visit and encouragement, I think it will be a meaningful poem once completed, blessings ~Constance
Date: 6/24/2022 6:30:00 AM
...'to give' be the gift....nice one....stan
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Date: 6/24/2022 6:35:00 AM
Stan, thank you so much for the visit and comment and I agree, hope to finish this poem today, blessings ~Constance