Forgive and You Won’t Have to Remember to Forget

Rays and Blue Circle on Green

While walking I recall whom I once was,
Some child, perhaps, more often someone who
Did not do what I now would do, because
At that time that was not what I thought true.
Was that child only me or was it you?
Defiled and broken, not worth much at all,
I catch it in my arms and break its fall.

Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics. Jilly is hosting with the theme of giving twisted adages. I twisted the adage “forgive and forget”. I am also linking this to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays since the poem was inspired by her four-step practice of forgiveness.

Photos: “Rays and Blue Circle on Green”, above, and “Room to Grow”, below.

Room to Grow


Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

52 thoughts on “Forgive and You Won’t Have to Remember to Forget”

  1. I liked the twist of focus /was it me, or was it you?/. The positive energy of the last line shifts into the fast lane; all white light and kind.

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  2. Frank, I am so touched by this poem! It takes such compassion to be with that little one inside that has hurt feelings from childhood. And I love the last line of catching this part of you in your embrace – this is so loving and supportive. I’m glad you were inspired by the 4 steps from last week’s post. (I’m still doing them every day. They help me know I’m home.)

    Blessings to you, Frank. I’ll share this tomorrow! ~Debbie

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