Life Lesson Poem

Learning To Forgive

At 95, I can look back on many occasions and realize their purpose. I've tried to write poems that would make readers think about what they have done and what they can do to make this world a better place. Humor is needed. Kindness and understanding are so important. Of course, faith is the essential need. I am pleased when I get responses from far away places from people who enjoyed the poems.

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The Chrysalis

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Published by Family Friend Poems September 2017 with permission of the Author.

We are never finished products,
No matter how long we live.
There's always something we can add,
Like learning to forgive.

It isn't all that easy
To release a long held grudge.
For years it's been a part of us.
It doesn't want to budge.

I often wonder if that is why
Some of us live so long
In what seems needless suffering.
Is there still need to right a wrong?

Perhaps we're given extra time
To clear our hearts and mind
Of many thoughts so negative
That peace is hard to find.

Forgiving past offenders
For the harm they did to you
Opens up a channel that
Will let His love come through.

Like a butterfly lies dormant,
Awaiting to expand,
So waits love's own perfection
In the chrysalis of man.



Words have always been an important part of my life. My mother taught to read before I started school and coached me through winning spelling contests. I had to learn the meaning of the words, too. I've written books and articles for Salesian Inspirational Mission, Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul, for newspapers and magazines, but receiving...

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