I confessed my darkest deeds to an envious man.
– Alanis Morissette, Forgiven



Bless me,
Father time. For I have

my own heart, rendered
it raw with whim and wanting.

Forgive me,
earth, for bruising

your skin,
piercing your curious center.

I shall not pass
this way again,
until I have paid
my pen


Awesome prompt by Mama Zen over at Toads. Come play! 







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18 Responses to Absolution

  1. Kir Piccini says:

    These words will not soon leave my mind. Very thought – provoking

  2. Shawna says:

    What a clever response.
    I love “piercing your curious center”

    s-kinned … That must be kind of scary for you, sis. 🙂

  3. I love that first stanza. You’re so great with wordplay!

  4. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    The truest confession … on behalf of us all.

  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I agree ❤ an unforgettable poem De 🙂
    Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

  6. Raivenne says:

    I have read this several times back-to-back now. And each time all I can think is a near breathless “Wow” of awe. Oh this is good.

  7. ManicDdaily says:

    I think no pen or dance can probably repay the damage done–but this is a wonderful contemplation of it. k.

  8. C.C. says:

    “Bless me Father time, for I have skinned….”—oh so incredibly clever! I read and re-read that line again and again just to luxuriate in the sheer brilliance of it 🙂 And that Poe quote is one of my favorites….no joke….it is actually on my favorite quotes page, I love it that much!!

  9. I’m so amazed in all the double and triple meaning you have played into this. Pen(d)ance – so perfect for a poet.

  10. Oh my that first line…Great piece!!

  11. M says:

    ah, your breaks keep breaking me, De ~

  12. O so punny… Layers of suggestion trip magicallythrough this poem.

  13. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Wow! This puts everything into a perspective I can relate to. Brilliant.

  14. Pen-dance!! Love that and this:

    “Forgive me,
    earth, for bruising

    your skin,
    piercing your curious center.”

    Such remorse…tender address.

    Beautifully done, de!

  15. Mama Zen says:

    This is so skillfully done! Really great piece, de!

  16. ihatepoetry says:

    Well, ain’t you just too cute! That’s me trying to disguise my envy at your skill. OK, you’re cute anyways.

  17. Bekkie says:

    Oh this was yummy I enjoyed every drop.

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