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May All Forgive Me: a Poem

Updated on July 30, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

At this autumn of my wondrous journey

as yellow leaves are falling on my whites,

but long before that last ride on a gurney

would someone please read me my rights.

For it's been said we're only as alive

as we're alive in other peoples' hearts,

so I wonder what memories I could revive

in which I played less than fair parts.

I let my pride and ego take a rest

with all excuses they would swiftly find

by saying I was always at my very best

but mere honesty brings peace to my mind.

Yes, there were times, although not too many

when my actions didn't even mean to hurt

so I am not going to mention any

for they were mostly something I would blurt.

Now not a guilt that wouldn't let me sleep

and yet a secret wish to be forgiven

for sake of compassion which goes so deep

and for all those values by which I am driven.

Before I bring back my ego and pride

let me say it from depth of my soul,

alive in others' hearts with no excuse to hide

at these later years feels like so noble goal.


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      Hari Prasad S 3 months ago from Bangalore

      Excellent poetry.

      As days pass, forget we may,

      self image too would fade away.

      but acts cold, would warm up,

      for generations, they could harm us.

      - hari

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Val, the emotions evoked from MizB and Paula are proof that this verse is effective and serves it's purpose, so we'll done

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---So many songs left their footprints on our souls as they seem to have stampeded so fast through our short youth to find us once more rubbing those sweet sores they caused back there.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Paula---Memories...memories...what would life be without them? Who would WE be without them? Sometimes it's hard for the present to make peace with the past---but it's possible, especially if those other participants are willing to help out of a generous and forgiving heart.

      Memories you mention are those that can squeeze a smile out of tears, or let a tear roll down a smiling face. They are precious, priceless, for they are a part of that best in our soul.

      I salute to your warm, human heart, my friend.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "You always take the sweetest rose and crush it til the petals fall......You always break the kindest heart with a hasty word you can't If I broke your heart last night, it's because I love you most of all."

      My Dad & his brothers would harmonize to this....I grew up listening to the most wonderful music and songs of the Big Band Era('40's)from a tiny tot on my father's knee... and I know them all by heart. We had 78 records of them all that my sister and I would listen to on the old "Victrola.".....They're all gone now....not the songs, but the people I loved & will forever. My Dad, my Uncles, & my only sister. Remembering that song & hearing it in my head, has me sobbing.....that will never change.

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Reminds me of the song "we always hurt the one we love, the one we shouldn't hurt at all". And of course we wish to be forgiven. That's a very poetic way of putting one of life's major dilemmas. Very nice.