There is more to be earned from forgiveness than from bitterness.
I was once a burning-bridges type of human
The one that feels the sting of rejection and malintent
And cannot forget it.
And cuts ties to reduce the persistent pain.
But I have learned there is much to lose from not forgiving.
Even if I have loved more, given more, been more for the other person,
They may still have something genuine to offer
It is enchanting: the power of pushing away what has proven difficult
But what bewitches me more these days is the idea of not how others can improve
But how I can improve, for one
Doling out more chances for imperfect humans
To provide some sort of shelter for us both
Sometimes the strongest bonds are also the most volatile
And other times, if a mountain of energy is gifted for little to no return
It is time to let them go.
But one should know
Only after trying, really trying,
To form something real-
Because deep below the surface, profoundly, within all of us, exists
A desire to connect and an obscured ability to do so
So maybe all our comrades need is a reminder
That the effort is worth it
That their humanness means something to you.