four acts of clemency

he realized he wasn’t
who he’d made out he was,
but thought it was worth
trying to be that guy
anyway

she understood that
the shallow criteria
she accused others of having for her
came from her

i recognized that
the many good things that
i am not
don’t obviate whatever good
i am

you discerned that
making mistakes yesterday
doesn’t mean
you need make the same ones again
tomorrow

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