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I’ve been caged by unforgiveness for years without realizing the effect it was having on me. I lost joy and peace. Though I was hurt I felt I had the right to punish those who hurt me. The interesting side was that I was hurting those who were ready to love me. This poem is from a deep side.

Helen Uko

I sat in front of a blank page trying to write. Then I realized I’ve been living a life full of fights. With dim dreams not ready to put the lights on. Trying to remember how I’ve been lied to and how I’ve been tied too. To me forgiveness was forever forgetting. To me forgiveness wasn’t for the giving. I buried my soul to this cliche for years that I didn’t see the clean slates for days. I stood firmly in my judgements and didn’t realize I was making a mistake. I felt I had some Godly right to reject and criticize. ‘Cos the hurt i felt wasn’t to be measured, it was something I held closed and treasured. Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent free in your head. Most of us are living this life, we’re too scared to admit it. So like a script In hand, I bring the truth to submit it. I know the pain feels like something insane, something furious. But days like this I’m hit and I feel curious. Don’t believe the lies the devil feeds you with, I’m serious. Yes forgiveness is a virtue, they even say it is divine. ‘And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors’. There is a reason for this scripture. But more than that it sets you free. Free from whatever weighs you down inside. The best way to approach life is to ask for forgiveness and to forgive. There’s a balance to this crazy world, live and let’s live. As poetry is the voice of the heart, unforgiveness is a blank page.

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