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On seeing the world about them go splash,
They put on their helmets, ready to dash
Into the glimmering, shimmering waves
That will soon carry them into their graves.
They haven’t a prayer, they haven’t a chance,
They run through the door, preparing to dance
With spiraling waves that will not forgive—
Deadly the moments the boys won’t outlive.
Could ever there be a much sadder song
Than that of a day when all things go wrong?
Maybe the wrong would turn right, if we cared,
But plague time is here, and we’re unprepared.


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #264
More Writers’ Pantry #18 at Poets and Storytellers United


Exploring Forgiveness

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~~~ 1 ~~~
How many times, Lord,
must I forgive the people
who do wrong to me?
~~~ 2 ~~~
Tell me, Sister Crow,
do you forgive Old Raven
when he torments you?
~~~ 3 ~~~
The serpent hisses:
It is foolish to forgive—
get even instead.
~~~ 4 ~~~
How great my hunger
to forgive my tormentor,
yet I find no crumb!
~~~ 5 ~~~
Though I can’t forgive
and I am deaf to singing,
still I long for you.
~~~ 6 ~~~
Nothing that you do
can compel me to forgive—
stones lodge in my heart.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Forgiveness”