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Yourself Forgive

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Painted across the city
In places
A message
For anyone
Who cares to notice

Easier to forgive
We are harder
On ourselves
Than is
Strictly necessary

I know I could have
And I really should have
Even though
If it were someone else
You would say
How could you have known
And of course
You did your best

From others
We expect only
Reasonable effort
From ourselves
We expect
The impossible


Might be
Than it sounds


Some of you may remember a trilogy I did a while back on the topic of forgiveness. I thought I was done with that subject, but you just never know when something will come back around! This, the fourth in the trilogy (with apologies to Douglas Adams), was inspired by an image Corey posted a month or so ago. It was called A Quest For Forgiveness and it started me thinking again.

The others, in case you're interested, were:

Hanging On
Poles Apart
The Zen of Forgiveness


Cover art created in ArtRage and Photoshop
Font is Witchcraft

September 30, 2009
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Sep 30, 2009 1:22:37 am
Well worth reading and pondering on, Tara. Thank you for these gentle yet important thoughts.

by cmolsen2002 Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 1:57:46 am
The best thing about forgiving someone is that you free yourself! I think I understand your heart! Wonderful and very insightful writing my friend! xx

by Meisiekind Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 2:01:57 am
Forgiving yourself is the hardest thing in the world that i as yet havnt learnt very thought provoking thank you for this hugs lou x

by Bossie_Boots Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 2:02:57 am
We are hardest on ourselves, our own worst critics. I remember Corey's foto; it must be a universal affliction. Well said, as always!!

by beachzz Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 2:04:05 am
Healing words. CC

by romanceworks Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 2:21:02 am
Important thoughts.

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 2:46:58 am
So true, so true indeed. I know. Beautiful poem.

by helanker Online Now!   Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 3:05:16 am
Yet again you have spoken - and Corey - to me.
Thank You!

by cfulton Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 7:01:49 am
You know I always totally enjoy your writing. It is always thought provoking. I enjoyed going back and reviewing your trilogy. In this instance, Corey's picture really has my mind turning over. Why write it over and over in odd public places? The author must be extremely focused on his/her subject...I'm sure it must be a guy. Have you ever seen a female grafitti artist? I don't know, they may exist and particularly in a big city like Chicago. I agree with Carin's opening sentence. To hold a grudge or a need to get even or to dislike yourself for past mistakes is to put yourself in a torture chamber. Great piece. Thanks for adding to your trilogy. What should we call a trilogy plus one? :-)

by bmac62 Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 9:00:35 am
Excellent and so true!

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 3:54:56 pm
Yes, forgiving ourselves
is the hardest
wonderful work
warm hugs that smile, Linda Kaye

by hipps13 Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 4:21:35 pm
Awesome and yes we are always hardest on ourselves, it's so much easier to forgive someone else because you don't expect them to live up to your expectations you set for yourself. You have a hard time with yourself because you set these expectations and now you didn't live up. Been there.

by elfin14doaks Homepage »

Sep 30, 2009 7:26:33 pm
Lovely poem and so true.

by npauling Homepage »

Oct 1, 2009 4:27:57 pm
Christ, you know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They're gonna crucify me
....John Lennon

Or I can do a better job of crucifying myself.

It took me a few days to digest this. Outstanding poem, spot on. It is so hard to let go, but the peace that comes after is wonderful beyond words.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Oct 1, 2009 4:42:39 pm
Its a great read and yet sooo true!!! I have found myself in that spot.

by orig_buggy Homepage »

Oct 2, 2009 3:01:44 am
Ayn Rand (Did I even bother to spell her name right?) once stated that most people cannot say "I love you" because they cannot say "I." Okay, I'm mis-quoting, since the words she said were a bit more...well...Ayn Rand-ish than what I just said, but the point is that this poem resonates because its so true. I suspect that one of the reasons it's harder for us to forgive ourselves is because we're the only ones who see us naked every day...and that can have an effect since seeing ourselves naked everyday means we see our pimples, our toenails in need of clipping, and all of our own little imperfections. I suspect that the awareness of those imperfections is what prevents us from seeing ourselves truly and forgiving ourselves, as we must.

On the flip side, this is a fantastic and touching poem! Beautifully done!

I'm gonna go grab Corey and tell him to read this.

by Chipka Homepage »

Oct 5, 2009 6:20:22 pm
Yes so true...I'm really hard on myself...good write Tara

by Merrylee Homepage »

Oct 12, 2009 12:28:49 am
Well you've done a "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" Will there be a "Mostly Harmless"? My favorite Douglas Adams are the two Dirk Gently books. "The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul" is not only a great title but a fabulous read. I reread it, if I'm feeling blue and need a good pick-me-up.

Self forgivness is very hard, and not done in a day. The could ofs and should ofs gnaw and tear at our well being. I enjoy reading the comments people write on your work. You do make us think! Wonderfully written and insightful poem.

by myrrhluz Homepage »

Nov 15, 2009 1:09:48 pm
Fantastic, excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by ontar1 Homepage »


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