Forgiveness Cleanses the Soul
I reached down into the very bottom of my soul
And found residing there sordid, bitter memories
Of many hearts I had wounded over years gone by.
I sorted them out carefully, reviewing each one to decide,
Whether I would let them continue to fester there,
Or, whether I should make amends and restore ties
With distant friends I had shut out by my petty hurts,
And, to my surprise, I discovered it was not they—but I
Who had been suffering from my unforgiving spirit,
And so, I resolved that very moment to contact each,
To say “I am sorry, forgive me, for being such a boor.
Forgive me, please, for allowing trivial differences
To come between us,” and each, in turn, was restored;
My soul is clean, for I have forgiven myself and others.
FIFTH PLACE WINNER
May 23, 2021
written for "Forgiveness" Poetry Contest
sponsored by Unseeking Seeker
Copyright © L MILTON HANKINS | Year Posted 2021
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