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(3/5/1962 / Dubuque, IA)

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To Forgive

To forgive
Is not to forget.

To forgive
Is really to remember
That nobody is perfect
That each of us stumbles
When we want so much to stay upright
That each of us says things
We wish we had never said
That we can all forget that love
Is more important than being right.

To forgive
Is really to remember
That we are so much more
Than our mistakes
That we are often more kind and caring
That accepting another's flaws
Can help us accept our own.

To forgive
Is to remember
That the odds are pretty good that
We might soon need to be forgiven ourselves.
That life sometimes gives us more
Than we can handle gracefully.

To forgive
Is to remember
That we have room in our hearts to

Begin again ……And again

Submitted: Wednesday, March 05, 2008


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  • Peter James Davidson (6/30/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    To forgive and to remember always should go hand in hand
    Easier said than done
    Another great piece

    PJD

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  • Mary Gordley (3/6/2008 10:53:00 PM)

    This is quite wonderful really. 'To forgive is not to forget ... to forgive is to remember'. Thanks and please share more your poetry is interesting to read.

  • lynn <- (3/5/2008 3:54:00 PM)

    yo mestup, i love this poem.

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