To Err is Human, to Forgive Divine

How could I forgive, I would say

Those who harmed me that day

They were people who robbed me

Of my life as it was meant to be..

I had nightmares, I could not sleep

The wounds from that insult did run deep…

Angry I remained, I could not move on

I wanted retribution for the wrong

That had been inflicted on me

So I just wallowed in self pity..

**

As time passed, our paths never collided

Their lives and mine never coincided

I held on to anger, in my obduracy

Unable to convince myself it was a fallacy

I don’t know if my anger affected their lives at all

But on my life, my anger was taking a heavy toll

**

That I could forgive, never occurred to me

Until I chanced upon “book therapy”

As I read spellbound about an Auschwitz survivor

I realized forgiving was doing myself a favor…

I worked hard to let go and grant forgiveness

Finally I closed the chapter on my emotional distress.

*

I understand it is hard to forgive

But holding a grudge is hardly conducive

To living a life of contentment

Where unresolved anger is the driving sentiment..

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