Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself

Karyn Indursky


Oh please forgive me

for I am a mere human

and I can forgive you no more.


Oh please forget

how many chances

I gave you that I lost count.


Oh please erase

your memories of 

how I expressed myself

and I got shown the door.


Oh please forgive me

so my redundant actions

and verbal exchanges

can hurt me more,

but all is fine

IF I'm the bigger person.


OH please don't mistake

my deep apologizes

that I am human

and when I know I'm right

about how you talk, treat people

I hate saying, "It's okay. Don't worry about it."


Oh please don't be mad

at me for expressing my honesty

as you dismiss mine repeatedly,

but pretend all is fine.


Oh please don't look at me

I feel torn like a paper

as you shredded me

in emotional perplexies.


Oh please forgive yourself

because I can't stay to lie

that it doesn't bother me

or hurt what you've done

or cutting words you've used.


Oh please forgive me

when I tried to have our issues

resolved and wanted a happy ending

we both could live with

for communication is vital.


Oh please forgive me

brought before you as

we'll pretend nothing happened

because confrontation 

would make it worse.


OH please let's

go play "make believe"

and act like dolls

who can all get along.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Inspired by Dove's poem, "Forgiveness."

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