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Quick Forgiveness

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 09, 2012

Quick Forgiveness

By Rose Thomas Graham

I threw a harsh word at a lad today –
I caught him treading on my pansy bed.
He looked up quickly, then he turned his head.
And all at once blue skies, to him, were gray.
He was quite tall but not too old to play.
Then fast as fleeting clouds my anger fled.
Oh, could I but recall the words Id’ said
And quench my heart of its untold dismay.

We watched a blue jay flit across the sky,
Then slow and light beside a blossoming tree.
He scolded us, and as the saucy bird
Took off again, he screamed. I laughed. Then I
Looked at the boy, and he laughed back at me.
Our eyes forgave; there was no needed word.




  1. I like this poem. I don’t recall seeing this subject in a sonnet before.

    Comment by Paul — February 9, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  2. Rose Thomas Graham. That sounds familiar. Has she been on Keepa before? Nope. Oh, she wrote the Primary song, “The Golden Plates” and is in a Friend article I saw recently.

    Comment by Researcher — February 9, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

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