Treasure Island

Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Parable Of Faith


Now, in twilight, on the palace steps
the king asks forgiveness of his lady.

He is not
duplicitous; he has tried to be
true to the moment; is there another way of being
true to the self?

The lady
hides her face, somewhat
assisted by the shadows. She weeps
for her past; when one has a secret life,

one's tears are never explained.

Yet gladly would the king bear
the grief of his lady: his
is the generous heart,
in pain as in joy.

Do you know
what forgiveness mean? it mean
the world has sinned, the world
must be pardoned --

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: grief, joy, pain, world, faith, heart

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Parable Of Faith by Louise Gluck )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. A Touch of Fall (Revised), Rhonda Trull
  2. Life Is, Rhonda Trull
  3. WOMAN'S WOE, vidyut chakraborty
  4. أطفال الحب العظيم, مالك حداد
  5. وتمتمت الزهرة, مالك حداد
  6. Have You Ever Walked Alone In The Woods?, Kyle Schlicher
  7. على المنضدة, مالك حداد
  8. Trusting God, Tom Zart
  9. إني أكتب لأكون جديرا بأمي, مالك حداد
  10. صور, مالك حداد

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Morning, Paul Laurence Dunbar
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. "Hope" is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]