She whispered to me, “Owen –
I would like to be your girl.
But you must take me everywhere.
I want to see the world.”
So mesmerized, I took her hand,
Across the world we went:
And all I was, and all I had
Most certainly was spent
To give her all of anything
I thought she might desire –
But still, she whispered to me,
“Let’s go higher, Owen. Higher.”
But higher I could never go
For I was just a guy
Without the soaring resources
It takes to reach the sky
One day, she whispered to me,
“You and I know this is done.
It’s time for me to go; this part
Of our race has been run.”
I thought it wrong and hated her
And hated richer men:
And it was years and years before
I saw her face again
By now, I was not poor; but she
Had fallen from the skies –
Her beauty long deserted her
As had so many guys
She told me she was grateful for
Our time, our history;
That she’d believed she never
Would be smart enough for me
She knew that I was angry
For she never had explained;
She hoped I had forgiven her
And that I had maintained
Some fondness in my thoughts for her
As silly as she was.
And I stood there, ashamed, and there
Was quite an awkward pause —
Before I whispered, “Friend, I loved you
Then, and I confess,
That I was angry. Now I’m not
And wish you happiness.
You need it, you deserve it, and
It’s still out there for you.
And I’d be grateful, also, if
You could forgive me, too.”
If you do not believe that real
Forgiveness can be had;
That there is no forgetting
Nothing cancels out the bad —
I cannot say for you,
But I can hereby say for me:
Forgiveness can fix many things
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Forgive and Forget?
Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.
7 thoughts on “She Whispered”
You can cancel out the bad without forgetting or forgiving. There is letting go and that is enough.
Owen, how high can you fly now? 🙂
Amazing poetry my friend.
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Please read and enjoy the work of a talented writer.
Owen, This was a great journey through life of emotions, relationships and spirituality! The topic Forgiving and forgetting reminds me of a Willie Nelson song, “Forgiving you was easy but forgetting seems to be the hardest thing to do”.
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Owen’s post “She Whispered” on No Talent For Certainty blog is a great journey through a life of emotions, relationships and spirituality! Learn about Forgiveness and Forgetting. Please visit Owens site and share this post with friends.
We should do everything with kindness, including forgiving. A beautiful poem and a reminder of how we should all forgive , even if we don’t forget. It is all part of the journey of life. Love this poem.