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  Old Grievances
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Sunday, December 23, 2007
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New Year's is the time to immerse yourself in the heart's ease of forgiveness.


Old Grievances


There is so much hard to forgive.


The man, swamped in his own grief,

Slumped in a chair, an abyss of white tile

Separating him from the high bed

Unable to reach out, to hold his wifeís hand.

She drifts away from this life, alone.


The mother not home, gaily off visiting

Reveling in freedom, she deserves a few hours,

Forgetting the childís return,

A kindergartnerís first school adventure

No one waiting to share the joy.


A fatherís quick swat over a small infraction

Saddle shoes with broken backs

A new awareness, the presence of violence

She had only run by for a hug.

He says heís sorry. 

Words do not abrogate the sting.


A husband laughs though his wife speaks plainly.

ďIím thinking about suicide,Ē she had said.

As if she would never follow through

As if she would joke of her chilling despair.

He looks past her, through her, choosing to pretend.


What good is misered hurt to the heart?

Love can prevail, I Corinthians 13,

Bitterness, remorse, sorrow slide away

The clock strikes, the ball lowers,

Love balances, buoyed against gravitas,

By hope.


Copyright 2007   Eileen Clemens Granfors







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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
"Old Grievances" is a symbolistic, teleological, and impressinistic composition ~ depicting the majority of couples of the penultimate days on Earth... "Old Grievances" shines.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by LILA BOSLEY
CHILDHOOD HURTS are so hard to repair but we do get beyond those with the help of loving friends, some family too and GODs help prayer, meds and drs sometimes but as you say love will is a powerful thing god bless you Lila
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
A very emotional write my, a small word that has the ability and power to do so much. Beautifully written, love is a healing force for others and ourself...enjoyed, will be back to visit soon, also wanted to thank you for stopping by my den.
Blessings from Kentucky,
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Dale Clark
Beautiful Eileen! Love is everything
to love yourself and forgive yourself
Then it all follows to forgive and
love everyone... Merry Christmas
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Wow, such realities here
Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Prosperous, Great 2008
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Well written!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Lovely thoughts written from a good heart. Forgive, yes, forget is always another chapter. Nicely done....

Be safe,
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