Repentance Is Quite
Different from Regret
Repentance is quite different
One can feel regret for many
Self-castigating to familar
Having just the grace not to
However, to repent must mean to
After the regret must come the
So resolute it conquers every hill,
However much one would reduce its range.
Actions only can forgiveness gain.
thought alone can treat the inner wound
And save the soul that would remain entombed,
Held hostage by its fear of healing pain.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon