A New Way

This is mercy
To love your enemy as yourself
To be kind to those who are hurting
To think of them as future friends
Where forgiveness reigns
and all can mend.
How will they know
Till you extend the ways of love
in turn
To break chains of yesterday
Resisting the urge to hurt back
With knee jerks under leaves of grass
Instead, apologizing for your own wrong
Depriving the blunder of it’s sting
For God is love inside the slight
Liberating us in His song of peace
Sailing off a unified flight

Kelly S. Griswold

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