Eager To Forgive

by Eric Chaet

I’m eager to forgive
those who are trespassing against me
but I can’t forgive them
til they stop trespassing—
til then, I’m entirely occupied
struggling to defend myself & disable them.

I’m eager to forgive
those who live as tho
all I’m doing & saying is foolish & futile—
but I can’t forgive them
til they stop spending
their time & attention
& whatever resources they control
funding those who are trespassing against me
in return for a series of brief gratifications
each of which makes them less capable
of saving themselves, one another, & me—
til then, I’m entirely occupied
escaping from their expectations
& attempts to misguide me—
& struggling to defend myself
from those who are trespassing against me—
& disabling them.

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