I have a past that it is only mine
and no one else’s.
They have no notion of my misdeeds,
even the many sins I have perpetrated in it.
Now I know that those grievous faults
surely have been forgotten and forgiven
exclusively and solely by God’s mercy.
My past failures have perfected my life,
helping to forge the man I am nowadays,
one who learned from his mistakes and,
like an ancient phoenix,
has been reborn from his ashes.
May I show all my gratitude to this world,
doing all the good I can to my fellow ones, yet
forgiving them, as I have been forgiven.
Published in Spirit Fire Review, issue 10, June 2017.