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May All Forgive Me: a Poem
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.