Starting Over / Poem by Jackie Allen

Starting Over

Cold and brown
lies the earth beneath a coat of snow
and yet the scene emerges
as a thing of beauty.

On stark and peeling branches
a red cardinal sweetly sings its song.

Mistakes and should-have’s
haunt and rattle my repose;
long is the list of regrettable acts
that blight and stain my soul.

Unmasked, I offer a sincere apology
to each and everyone I’ve wronged.

A chance at renewal
greets me like a blast of cold wind;
I pray for forgiveness
and am awakened, ready to begin again.

From this day forward, with God’s help,
may I begin to sing new and better songs.


Jackie Allen
Wintergreen Resort

Thanksgiving Day, 2016 Nov 24

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