Click on the link above to view the slide show that accompanies the reading of The Penenitent, a poem found in my book Splendor from Ashes available on Amazon.com. The poem can also be found below:
The Penitent (2004)
My God, I relent.
What did I not do right?
Which t’s did I not cross? Which i’s left I undotted?
Was I too haughty, ambitious, proud?
Please tell me, Lord.
I might have erred in ignorance.
For my errors I want to atone,
so that the pain will cease.
I hate myself for being weak,
for being pain’s unrelenting prey.
Shine forth your light in the valley
of this approaching death
that masks true faith
in the circularity of its jagged labyrinth.
Is there no absolution,
no healing for the penitent?
Why are wounds still raw,
exposing pink flesh to fresh infections?
20 thoughts on “The Penitent : Audio slideshow”
This was really a great poem to read.
Ahhh, I have said similar things all too often. My husband was laid off in October, and we were asking ourselves the same thing. Through prayer and faith, he finally landed a job a couple of days ago!
I am glad he landed a job
This is a pretty powerful poem. You did a good job on it. I’ll have to check out your book!
Thanks you were so kind. I would appreciate if you read my book . It is called Splendor from Ashes and can be found at Amazon.com .
You may use that link:
This is a beautiful poem. I don’t read poems often and I wish I were able to write them!
What a beautiful poem! I love reading poetry, it always puts my mind at ease.
So beautifully written and even not being religious I can still appreciate the beauty of your words. This line here struck me especially ‘I hate myself for being weak,for being pain’s unrelenting prey’. There have been times where I have been annoyed at myself for getting upset or showing emotion when in actuality that it is all part of human nature. It is not a weakness to allow ourselves to feel pain or be in pain but I know at times it can be hard to think otherwise.
Thanks for your kind words
This is so raw and heartfelt. Reading this poem felt like I was digging deep into someone’s soul. Love that you created accompanying slides, too.
This is so powerful. It really makes you think. Congrats on your book!
This is such a good read. A nicely written poem. I think it’s important to focus on pleasing God, not People. For He will bring us peace.
This poem is filled with so much anguish and desperation. Your poems are always filled with such raw emotion that puts any reader or listener in your position.
I am glad it does. Thanks for your compliments. The book Splendor from Ashes from which it was taken is available on Amazon.com
At least it sounds like you know where to turn. 🙂 I rely heavily on my faith, always, but especially when I’m hurting. It helps, always.
This is such a soulful poem! Love the articulation and yet the raw feel of it!
This is such a beautiful poem. I love how raw and intense it is at the same time. Good poetry should do that I think.
This was a beautiful and powerful poem! I really enjoyed reading it! good job!
Thank you . It was published in my book Splendor from Ashes available on Amazon.com