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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Asking Forgiveness

I reach out... sadlessly
I preach out... incessantly
When time comes asking who?
and what you are, catch you gasping

I took the answer book
Maybe eleven years of age
Put it in my desk
Forgot it in all it's page

Then the squirrel I shot
With my B-B gun through it's ears
It fell dead and in my regret
Flooded into a sea of tears

Life and death swirls around me
My eyes leaving me with no surprise
Tomorrow is heaped upon me
All yesterdays materalized

The answer book was found
I pleaded guilty without a sound
Tried, convicted, sentenced
When there was no crime

To no crime I was winched

I burried the squirrel
Said a prayer asking forgiveness
For all of my wicked sins
That life is so sacred without some

Kind of repentiveness I would never
be allowed to win
Jesus came to me saying,
'It's all right I forgive you of your sins'

Even then under forgiveness
I felt little of a relief
God said to me,
'My son has spoken, it is one of belief

I see the squirrel sitting in that tree
One moment alive, breathing, free
My choice to make, my grace to be
I pulled the trigger forever changing me

I reach out... endlessly
I preach out... repentively
When time comes asking who?
Then I know what I am

Submitted: Sunday, May 05, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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  • Patricia Northall (3/8/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    I understand completely, when you are searching for forgiveness, but it never happens
    completely, especially when the wrong you feel so badly, the victim of your wrong doing
    is no longer there to say sorry to. It's not easy to move on, always there on your conscience.
    You describe it so well. Beautifully phrased.
    Pat Northall

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  • Laurie X3 (9/7/2013 8:28:00 AM)

    Some things seem the way of it so we follow and do as those have done before, only to find it never leaves our heart and mind. Many so the same without any affect. Embrace the heart that cherishes even the smallest innocent life...

  • Noreen Carden (9/4/2013 8:27:00 AM)

    Hi Midnight I think sometimes we find it hard to forgive ourselves
    I enjoyed reading your poem well done

  • Noreen Carden (9/4/2013 8:24:00 AM)

    Hi Midnight a very honest poem i think sometimes we as humans find it hard to forgive ourselves
    I enjoyed reading this well done

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/2/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    A great poem of guilt and repentance and We can ask forgiveness only from God..Beautifully expressed, each and every line well written. Good poem indeed...Loved reading it..

    I seek your Blessings on my completion of 100 poems..Thank you.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/20/2013 3:22:00 PM)

    Deeply moving. Pull of a trigger changes everything. Poem serves as a caution for future. Thank you.

  • Kevin Patrick (6/13/2013 9:58:00 PM)

    Always look on the bright side you might have saved it from being road kill, that being said, boys do horrible stupid things, it takes a good one to learn from the mistake and become a good man. Good use of the opening reworked for the closing, the fact that repentance still lingers means that Buddy jesus didn't get nailed for nothing. Harrowing but great read

  • Lyn Paul (6/6/2013 9:23:00 AM)

    complete sadness in these words holding regret, We all have some form of forgiveness that we think we should ask. Yet the goodness of our souls must be counted and compared to simple regrets of carelessness.

  • Wahab Abdul (6/4/2013 10:08:00 AM)

    this is yrs really a unique poem... i relish it while i read... tfs

  • Heather Wilkins (6/1/2013 7:01:00 PM)

    what else can we do but ask for forgiveness. God is always willing.

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