"It's about words, and words are all I have…"

have u ever had to forgive someone?

christians believe in forgiveness   jesus likely

invented it  and it was a good thing  of course

civilization depends   rides on its back   without

it we are  perpetually vengeful  old testemented

unable to forgive the slavedriver’s whip


but have u ever had to forgive someone  anyone?

the ones who would keep you from a dying brother

rape you   murder your parents   i mean i could go on    and on

yes  forgiveness is a beautiful thing  hope  its illegitimate



have u ever tried to forgive someone  anyone?  that’s an

interesting question  my pure as the driven snow  born

again husband said  never having confronted the daily

grind of it   iloveuihateuiloveuhateuhateu  hateu


and have u ever done something because u don’t want

to look bad for not having done it?


forgive me father


for writing a maudlin poem


forgiveness is the balm of gilead

it gives u back your name in the long dark night

your dignity  after throwing glasses  and expletives

around   and the many will come dance on your grave




Winter 2019  ..for Martine..

the less I needed
the better I

something in me
relaxed, smoothed
i no longer had to
prove that I was a

I didn’t have to prove

I began to feel good,
I began to feel good
in the worst situations

I welcomed shots of
peace, tattered shards of

(Charles Bukowski  Let It Enfold You)

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