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JerryPat2
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the bayou makes music tonight
such an undisturbed
serene sound
it seems to eradicate
the immeasurable side of me
and reaches
for the goodness hidden for so long
giving me courage
to take that last step within myself
beneath this membrane of night
swathed in the hushness of the moment
is a tenderness
which has escaped me
until now
opening that door
the one which has been closed for so long
my mother is behind that door
and . . . as I open it
I say . . .
I forgive you
and close the door
but not before
I see tears swelling in her eyes

(c)October 12, 2013 / Jerry Pat Bolton


~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

[This message has been edited by JerryPat2 (10-14-2013 10:38 AM).]

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EmmaRose
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1 posted 10-14-2013 06:30 PM       View Profile for EmmaRose   Email EmmaRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for EmmaRose

if only in poetry and imagination, making peace with a childhood of hurt, will bring you into a serene place.
Margherita
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2 posted 10-14-2013 06:40 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

This is so deeply captivating, dear Jerry, you experienced a very precious moment of inspiration. To forgive is the ultimate act of an awakened heart.

I think your poem reached its destination and intent, across time and space.

Margherita
JerryPat2
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3 posted 10-14-2013 06:47 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you Emma, it has taken me many, many years to come to this point in my life.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

JerryPat2
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4 posted 10-14-2013 06:48 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Yes, I understand, Margherita, and I am happy I found a way to forgive her. I still don't like her or what she did, but I've dealt with it.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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5 posted 10-16-2013 06:06 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

My dear friend, what a special, incredible moment for you. Bless your heart in every way possible.

Lori
JerryPat2
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Thank you Lori.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

JamesMichael
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7 posted 10-17-2013 10:24 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

smooth as silk...James
JerryPat2
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Thank you James.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

latearrival
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How beautiful this is.I know how hard you have been hurt over your young years.So I understand this was very hard. But honestly I feel you had to do it and I am proud to know you have finally found the way.Peace to you.
jo perry
latearrival
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How beautiful this is.I know how hard you have been hurt over your young years.So I understand this was very hard. But honestly I feel you had to do it and I am proud to know you have finally found the way.Peace to you.
jo perry
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11 posted 10-18-2013 02:14 AM       View Profile for Krawdad   Email Krawdad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krawdad

An interesting write of a healing event.  I hope this has brought you some peace.
I like the way you have presented this but I suspect that you now have a longer version waiting to be written.  Maybe that is the next step?  

I can't imagine such a door, much less opening it - and there would be no tears.
Some curses won't be broken.
JerryPat2
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Thanks latearrival, I never thought it was possible to forgive, but I realized, finally, I was only hurting myself. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

JerryPat2
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Krawdad, I went into this act of forgiving backward I guess, but the longer version was written and published before I was able to, in my heart, forgive her when I wrote my memoir. Thanks for being here . . .

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

Gale
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It's very touching, Jerry!
Forgiveness is the greatest thing for it can release.
And whatever our mothers have done, at first they gave us life.
JerryPat2
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15 posted 10-20-2013 08:41 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

The mother I forgave didn't give me life, Gale, I was adopted.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

Gale
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16 posted 10-20-2013 09:48 AM       View Profile for Gale   Email Gale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gale

Oh, I didn't know!
JerryPat2
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17 posted 10-20-2013 09:58 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

It's okay.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

luminosity
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18 posted 12-27-2013 01:40 PM       View Profile for luminosity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for luminosity

sigh, I called mine yesterday, in need of 'her' and she wasn't there, she was so focused on not knowing what time it was, that I might as well have not called...oh, now back to the poem, forgiveness...sigh, it is pivotal...great write
JerryPat2
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19 posted 12-27-2013 02:51 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you, luminosity. Yes, I have forgiven her, but I can never forget.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

JamesMichael
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20 posted 12-27-2013 07:34 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

It just dawned on me, when you closed the door you opened up a whole new world of possibilities for yourself...James
JerryPat2
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You got it James, with peace of mind everything is possible.

~*~ Your past is just a story. Once you realize this, it has no power over you. ~*~

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