A Few People Wrote This Week and Asked

Is There Anyone We Shouldn’t Forgive?


I don’t know Big Answers.  Never did.  I haven’t

studied theology philosophy either or tenants of

religions how  people understand morality I don’t know

much about commandments and rules do know

we all seem angrier now I hear people saying

How Could He How Could They more or less all the time

not just the man whose name will never be in these poems

but but but and I know mine is not a Popular Point of View

years ago an intelligent friend named Wendy wrote a book

on this subject she told me herself that forgiveness

was a cop out  I did not agree with Wendy though she’d

been to law school worked for the ACLU knew the Moral High Road

even so I told Wendy what I still believe :

we have to talk to one another to people we disagree

with family members strangers even violently

and as for forgiveness it doesn’t mean

forgetting condoning either as much as letting go

giving up resentment to accept what is hard

and maybe even unfair and you

are doing the forgiving for yourself.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. YES!
    Love your post on forgiveness something I sometimes struggle with I do believe in your approach, thanks for posts.

  2. Love this Esther. Yes and I agree with you. These are challenging times and I’ve come to realize forgiveness isn’t about letting someone off the hook but forgiving ourselves for the angry thoughts and judgements we have for people who are “difficult”. Accepting what we cannot change and learning to navigate through the clouds of it.

  3. I have studied theology and the tenets (SP) of religion. Nevertheless
    I come out right where you have landed. In the final analysis, it is all a mystery.

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