The Last Mercy

too much has passed between men
that will live unforgiven
until the last memory of it has died

keeps things stirred up

keeps peace in doubt

I’ve known my brother by his failings
and myself by my own
and have not forgiven either

start again …

soften the eyes of doubt

pray to the infinite affirmation
to guide my hand to mercy

try to forgive the unforgiven self

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