Can We?

Can We?

A Poem by Helen Woodward

Can we? Do we? 

Live a life of cold resistance?
Can we neglect to love?

Do we need to forgive?
Do we want forgiveness?

Will we swallow pride?
Will we ever learn to love unconditionally?

To accept forgiveness is to admit fault
Yet if we refuse to accept
We fail to give another the basic right of humility

To be able to forgive with passion and genuine love
Is to live in Christ’s shadow

When we forgive we must forget

Without permanent lapse of memory
Forgiveness means less than nothing

If Christ could forgive his many oppressors
Who are we to harbour malice
Against those who need to be loved

Hatred erodes our light, casting us into an abyss
Of inky darkness…forever…

© 2018 Helen Woodward

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Added on January 2, 2018
Last Updated on January 2, 2018


Helen Woodward
Helen Woodward


At times simply living is hard work. People around you are non-responsive and you feel like throwing in the towel. I have read and reviewed many on-line writers who have felt this way.. more..