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Regge Episale

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Forgiveness

by

Regge Episale

"I wish I'd been different," she sighs,
Her swollen ankles elevated to relieve the pain,
The oxygen tube breathing into her nose,
Her head leaning sideways against the pillow
Of the constantly occupied recliner
received from my brother at Christmas
and already designated his when she's gone.
"I wonder if you can forgive me."

Forgive her
For grabbing me from the kitchen floor
Beating me with a leather belt
While the blood flowed from thirty cuts
all received at the same exact moment
my skin came in contact with my father's saw.
Forgive her
For walking away
While my brother cleaned and bandaged those cuts,
cracking jokes,
forcing me to smile,
As she reminded me over and over again
I had been told to stay out of the kitchen.

Forgive her
For rushing to met out punishment
Before my father could reach me and met out worse,
Or throw down his tools and storm away
for a year or two
as he had three times before,
Leaving her to raise and feed six children alone
Because I couldn't do as I was told.


Forgiveness

by

Regge Episale

"I wish I'd been different," she sighs,
Her swollen ankles elevated to relieve the pain,
The oxygen tube breathing into her nose,
Her head leaning sideways against the pillow
Of the constantly occupied recliner
received from my brother at Christmas
and already designated his when she's gone.
"I wonder if you can forgive me."

Forgive her
For grabbing me from the kitchen floor
Beating me with a leather belt
While the blood flowed from thirty cuts
all received at the same exact moment
my skin came in contact with my father's saw.
Forgive her
For walking away
While my brother cleaned and bandaged those cuts,
cracking jokes,
forcing me to smile,
As she reminded me over and over again
I had been told to stay out of the kitchen.

Forgive her
For rushing to met out punishment
Before my father could reach me and met out worse,
Or throw down his tools and storm away
for a year or two
as he had three times before,
Leaving her to raise and feed six children alone
Because I couldn't do as I was told.