Finding Forgiveness in a Falling World

We wish upon these stars
and whisper our darkest selves
to sky, try to stretch the truth
over haunted hollow bones.

We stone others in the city
streets for things we’ve known;
paint A’s in bright scarlet, for
-getting it
takes two to tangle.

We strangle our own tongues,
afraid to speak of something
deep, the syllables of
sorrow-salted songs
we keep in tilted bottles.

We share forbidden
fruit, cast lots for a savior’s
coat, sell our souls for a shekel
or two, and a smile.

We walk for miles and miles
and miles barefoot, afraid
to try on another’s shoes,
bruise our tired toes or
bend low to wash
another’s feet.

We hold regret
between stubborn teeth,
refuse to spit out
to make room for sweet
-er things yet un

Here’s the thing,
we’re all just broken.

PAD, day 13.


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5 Responses to Finding Forgiveness in a Falling World

  1. Lily says:

    So true.

  2. Clincher end. Someone always has to die. Admit they are broken.

  3. drnurit says:

    These words gently deliver truth… Great work, De!

  4. There is so much truth in here about the hypocrisy of human nature. How quick we are to judge. How we don’t like to truly talk to each other. How we are so easily corrupted. How hard it is to truly understand other’s perspectives. I saw the other day someone say “my blood boiled from the comments I was reading” in regard to this divisive issue being discussed online. And I was like, geez, seriously? Is it so hard to understand that people have different opinions? Different shoes we have walked in, indeed!
    By the way, I gave my husband’s granny plenty of pedicures when she was in assisted living 🙂 (speaking of washing feet!)
    And yes, we are all, every one of us, broken… and if only we could remember that what a wonderful world it would be 🙂

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