The Reflection of Grace

What you will not forgive in others

a mirror for what you cannot forgive

in yourself.

Hold the mirror before your face

cracked, distorted by times

of perceived failure, harsh voices.


and look some more,

until you see the darkness of yourself.

Then step through,

step through the reflection to the other,

the other side where

you are him

you are her

you are they

you are no different.

In the mirror two eyes plead

for grace.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

This poem is inspired by the amazingly loving Debbie. Her blog Forgiving Connects offers opportunities to reflect on forgiveness and learn from the experiences of others. Thank you Debbie. Forgiving Fridays on Forgiving Connects



The Quiet of Grace

Dressed in white, they gather

a sacred opening, shared hush

They lean in to listen for what is to come.

My eyes honored guests to witness their glory.

One of few who will attend this party today.

© Ali Grimshaw 2017

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