Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal

A Poem by Jessica Samuelsen

This is a writing exercise I did with Amanda Faulkner. We incorporated the quote from William Blake "It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."

You were my family my blood
our blood, that spills upon your precious floor.
It is the poison of your weapon,
that concerns me more then the wound
The blade of a stranger
does not carry a toxin like yours.
Your infliction is nothing personal,
and that make's it the most personal of all.
 Mother, it is easier to forgive an enemy,
then it is to forgive a friend.
Forgiving is not forgetting
Though it's inconceivable
For my own humanity,
I will forgive you all the same. 

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© 2011 Jessica Samuelsen

Author's Note

Jessica Samuelsen
Amanda and I took ten minutes to write with the incorporation of the quote let me know how it worked out....

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you are the awesomest friend!!

Posted 13 Years Ago

Hauntingly beautiful, Jess. I feel your pain and know that you will survive your past. You've made a new and loving toxins allowed!

Posted 13 Years Ago

This is really very intensely personal and you've made the reader feel it deeply. The feelings of betrayal and hurt are palpable in your words, perfectly defining your quote. Beautifully done, Jessica!

(Should that first line be You "were" my family?)

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Excellent work. I feel this. Betrayal by ones who are trusted definitely cuts deepest. Forgiveness rocks! Ironically I just wrote a tale of forgiveness.

Posted 13 Years Ago

very nice jess

Posted 13 Years Ago

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5 Reviews
Added on February 13, 2011
Last Updated on February 17, 2011
Tags: forgiveness, excercise, poison, wounds, famous quotes


Jessica Samuelsen
Jessica Samuelsen

Portland, OR

I like long walks on the beach with my husband. I like curling on the couch with a good book. I like writing the wrongs of the world in my art of words. Supporting those who would seek to do the s.. more..