I have a familial connection with Poetry Magazine. While I am not an avid poetry reader, I repeatedly find that when I do take the time I can usually find something that hits hard, touches a note in me that I did not expect.
I have been having an emotional day. I do not know why, nor where it is coming from, but certain songs come or moments of painful beauty, thoughts and wishes. I have been thinking of my parents, and doing finishing work on forgiveness.
I was once told that it is possible to gain great insight just by randomly picking a page from a significant book, the Bible, Koran, or other book of teachings, somewhat like casting the I Ching. It is a way of allowing the world to talk to you, connecting with it. LOL, I am not sure how this applies here, but I was working on my art today, had a long section of difficulty and stopped to read some poetry. And this came to me.
Forgiveness, so difficult, particularly for yourself. Mistakes made, injury done, actions taken for reasons beyond understanding. The experience avoided, the understanding refused, until now, maybe too late, but experienced none the less. Experienced, the only way to move through.