Messy Forgiveness

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As the sun sets on my mistakes and messiness,

I find yours easier to forgive

And yet it has taken all day, all night

All year 

And half my peace of mind

To release the need to hate you in my sleep.

Self-righteousness is a tiger hunting prey

A glacier dissolving in winter

An idiot chasing grace with a broken foot

While rehearsing scabbed-over pain

In dizzying loop of punching smoke

To be clear, I gave it up out of broad selfishness

That was between me and me,

The rose petals on my altar,

And the irresistible desire to instead court 

Joy

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