“Marred and Weathered”
September 2005

Deep within my darkest thoughts
I never dreamed it possible
You tear me apart with your cold eyes
Icy fingers clawing at my chest without remorse!

Don’t lie to me
Don’t stare through me
I caught you
Don’t deny it
You can’t hate me
Accept the consequences

Every reaction comes from action
Every effect comes from a cause
You never listened to my words before
Why is what I never said so damn important now?

I’m done with you
Please let me be
I don’t have time for games
You gave up your share
When you chose
Infidelity over me

It’s terrible to see you like this
Why don’t you cover up your shame?
You should have known when you betrayed me
Things would never be the same

Should, would, could
What if things were different?
How can anyone possibly know
All the outcomes in life?
Don’t waste life on hate
Don’t give in to selfishness
You’re allowed your modesty
In exchange for your mistakes

Deep within my darkest thoughts
A light pervades the depths
I see what’s clear before me now
I feel no different for you now
Than before this awful turn

I forgive you
I forgive you
I forgive you

Sometimes you have the presence of mind and the strength of character to do the right thing at the right time. I’m of the mind that more often than not, the right thing to do is give forgiveness — there are few things more powerful, more stirring, than forgiving someone for making a mistake, no matter the magnitude.

No matter how big the mistake, forgiveness is always the same size.

There’s an obvious allusion to “tarred and feathered” in the title. Humiliation is not conducive to forgiveness. You oughtn’t parade around a person’s guilt.