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Parable Of Faith

Now, in twilight, on the palace steps
The king asks forgiveness of his lady.

He is not
Duplicitous; he has tried to be
True to the moment; is there another way of being
True to the self?

The lady
Hides her face, somewhat
Assisted by the shadows. She weeps
For her past; when one has a secret life,

One’s tears are never explained.

Yet gladly would the king bear
The grief of his lady: his
Is the generous heart,
In pain as in joy.

Do you know
What forgiveness mean? it mean
The world has sinned, the world
Must be pardoned


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Poem Parable Of Faith - Louise Gluck