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Wounded Writers Ask – Free Write #10 – Forgiveness Poem

Write your own forgiveness poem in three or more stanzas.

Forgive me for waiting to so long do this free write! It was a very busy day. Currently, I am bleaching my hair. My scalp is burning (yowch). I have 15 minutes to bear the burn. Let’s do this.

I’d like to give myself a definition of forgive….

Definition of forgive from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgive

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a:  to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insult b:  to grant relief from payment of forgive a debt

  3. 2:  to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) :pardonforgive one’s enemies

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to grant forgivenesshad to learn to forgive and forget

Wicket from my Word Well: Which today is a word my finger found randomly in Molly Peacock’s new collection of poetry The Analyst.

KISS (for real, that was the word my finger found!)

 

At the time, I was vulnerable

that’s not an excuse

he was older

large in size and energy

he paid attention to me

to my mind

Forgive me for

 

At the time, I was in need

that’s not an excuse

he showed me the holes

we excavated

in each other’s mouths

Forgive me for

 

At the time, I was curious

that’s not an excuse

he offered his bed

he wasn’t generous

with his his hands

Forgive me for

 

At the time, I was searching

that’s not an excuse

he was a new map

I was just another traveler

Forgive me for

 

Now, I can forgive

my weeping soul for

her wild excursion

she thought he was home

he wasn’t even a roof

 

You forgave me

easily

I’m still shaking

 

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Wounded Writers Ask

(Hi Irene!)

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