Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 54,478 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Today I Had To Forgive Myself (My Life Is Meant To Be Lived) - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I saw something I had never seen before,
Once I looked beyond my own sorrows.
I lifted my head and saw an open door.
A light was shining through,
To show me tomorrow.
With promises I once wished,
But had not pursued.

I lived with a stagnation...
That came and overstayed,
A temporary reservation...
I made when feeling down,
And knocked out!
Drugged on self debasement.
Feeling nothing could replace...
This empty space within me.

And I knew then...
If I was to walk through that door,
Today I had to forgive myself...
And not let my burdens feel too welcomed.
As I had done countless times before.
Tossing my pain and self doubt about!

They could stay for as long as they wanted!
And entertain grief that came to visit.
But I had no intentions to remain with them,
Sustaining their attention or their comfort.
I kept deep within to repeat again and again.
A hollow search I felt had no end.

My life is meant to be lived.
Not to sit and forget to refresh my perceptions.
My life is meant to be lived.
And when I made up my mind,
I knew I would find...
A release of darkness that would diminish.
Once I allowed my guilt to deplenish,
I prepared to say goodbye to despair!
Knowing to leave that behind me to become fully aware...
My life is meant to be lived.
My life is meant to be lived.
My life...
Is meant to be lived.

Comments about Today I Had To Forgive Myself (My Life Is Meant To Be Lived) by Lawrence S. Pertillar

  • (4/6/2008 8:52:00 AM)

    I am so glad to have read this elevating piece today. t x (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 6, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 6, 2008

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