Elul 12: Forgive

What if I forgave you?

After all, people change,
they grow.
You taught me
that.

But in the quiet hours of a summer night
or sometimes in the store or
standing in line
for ice cream
I see the faded stains
of the giant mess you made
and I feel certain that
if I forgive you
I will not
forgive
myself.

This poem is in a series written during Elul, the Jewish month of reflection and repentance leading up to the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement. The project is inspired by Rabbi Phyllis Anna Somer, @imabima. More info on her blog Ima on (and off) the Bima.

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~ by ettaqueen on September 27, 2016.

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