I wrote this poem in 2013 and it is based ONLY around a disagreement and argument within a family or friendship in which loved ones are angry and hurt by actions and words from both sides and where it is possible to mend relationships. This poem is NOT about abusive, destructive relationships which, from my own experience, require professional and/or deep spiritual guidance. In these seriously abusive relationships, forgiveness is a necessary, complex, and challenging process, and an important step to equip us to move on from the experience. In some of these circumstances, for our own safety and health, we cannot mend the relationship instead, we need to walk away from the relationship. Beverley Joy.
Forgiveness is what we ask of another
So, we can feel that justice has been done
We’re hurt and bruised by words and actions
An apology will soothe our wounded hearts.
But the way of forgiveness is rarely complete
Until both parties ask to be forgiven
“But I’m not at fault. I’m the victim” we say
“I’m right, you’re wrong” is often our complaint.
Are any of us innocent of harmful words and actions?
Have we never judged or criticised others?
Have we never lost our temper?
Or thought private, revengeful thoughts?
Our vision may be clouded by false perspective
Our understanding may lack wisdom
With investigation comes new information
We may discover our truth to be false.
Just apologise to family and friends
Humbly ask for their forgiveness
For the times we have hurt their feelings
With thoughtless words or actions.
Be the one to start the trend
Clear the past of ill feelings and revenge
Be the one to soothe old pains
Give opportunity to create change.
Forgiveness sets both parties free
Clears the mind, makes way for peace
It corrects misunderstandings
It empowers and energises.
Stop pecking each other like chooks in a pen
Stop grovelling, stop squabbling
Spread our wings and fly free
High above mediocrity.
Sore like an eagle
Strong and graceful
Open our minds to higher thoughts
Grander achievements of notable worth.
Beverley Joy © 2013 of Simply Story Poetry
You may also like to listen to or read my poem Choose To Forgive and verses with images Be the One to Start the Trend, Forgiveness sets both parties free, Stop pecking each other, The Ripple Effect of Forgiveness
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